Did you know that the Chamber office is also the Tourism office for the City of Herington? All of Herington’s brochures and tourism websites list our contact information and we take several calls every week looking for information on the motel, campground, and upcoming events.
Right after I started back in this office, I received a call from a gentleman representing the Kansas Campers Association. They were planning on bringing in a large group to camp at Herington Lake. Over the course of a few weeks, I stayed in touch with them, giving them information that they needed.
Another Visit Herington Tourism board member helped me to stuff goodie bags for them with maps, coupons, flyers, and swag and I delivered those Friday evening.
Herington Mayor David Jones attended their opening night ceremony and spoke to the group; welcoming them and thanking them for visiting.
During their stay, the 17 campers kept their receipts for local purchases and they gave them to me before they left. $1,316.46 was the total.
You read that right: 17 campers spent $1,316.46 in our community! Over the course of the weekend they spent $402.71 at AmPride (NOT including the gas they spent on the way out), $263.99 at The Spot & Dining Car, $131.49 at Barnes Heartland Foods, $103.84 at Miss Lizzy’s Emporium & Flea Market, $104.20 at Sweet Creations, $80 at Herington Inns & Suites, $59 at Herington Historical Society & Museum, $55.85 at The Twisty Shoppe, $43 at the Herington Municipal Hospital’s Bake Sale and Chili Feed, $36.88 at Kay’s Pharmacy, $20 at El Vera Cruz, and $15.08 at Dollar General.
They also raised $158 through a silent auction and love offering that they donated to a local charity. After telling them about several, they chose to give their donation to the Friends Helping Friends group.