Visitors, locals invited to Holiday Inn Hunting Camp
Craig — When it began last year, it was geared toward visitors – hunters who come to Craig for a country getaway.
But this year, the Holiday Inn Hunting Camp is open to everyone, including locals.
The event, scheduled for Friday evening, encourages hunters to mix and mingle, said Tammie Thompson-Booker, Director of Sales and Catering at the Craig Holiday Inn.
“It’s not anything real formal. … It’s like an open reception environment,” Thompson-Booker said. “It’s an opportunity for hunters to get together.”
Last year, response from locals and out-of-town hunters proved enthusiastic – enough to warrant an encore this year.
“The guests really liked it,” Thompson-Booker said. “Community members heard about it and wanted to come.”
The event also connects visitors with local businesses and services. This year, Mountain Man Taxidermy, a local outfitter and a local photographer are scheduled to attend.
Visitors can also learn about the other Moffat County attractions, said Thompson-Booker, who also is the Moffat County Tourism Association chairperson. This year, the MCTA plans to set up an informational display, showcasing local recreational activities.
“We know that they’re here for hunting season,” she said. “Why not have them come back for something else?”
The event could also provide means of drawing visitors to the area permanently to the area. Economic Development Partnership members have discussed making presentations at future Holiday Inn Hunting Camps, illustrating the advantages of living in Moffat County. To date, however, the EDP hasn’t made any commitments, Thompson-Booker said.
In the meantime, the Holiday Inn Hunting Camp continues to focus on drawing out-of-town vacationers.
“It’s really designed for visitors,” Thompson-Booker said.
For $8, locals can join in, too. Like last year, the event is complimentary to guests registered at the hotel.
Last year, the mixer took place during the second and third hunting seasons. When the Young Life pig roast was scheduled for the second season, Thompson-Booker decided to limit the event only to the third season.
“I don’t want to do something to impede on other groups’ abilities to fundraise,” Thompson-Booker said.
When hunters came in during the second season this year, she encouraged them to attend the pig roast, which benefited a local youth group.
“Those are things that make hunters feel welcome,” she said. “That’s what we want to do.”
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