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Editorial: Three cheers for three events

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Next year appears to be shaping up as a big one for Worthington.

In June, the community will again host the national windsurfing championships. This year’s Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is set for June 11-15, 2014 — a five-day affair that will hopefully bring even more people to town for all the fun Sailboard Beach has to offer. (Now, hopefully the weather will cooperate!)

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If one big festival isn’t enough, next September also marks the 75th anniversary of King Turkey Day. The 2014 version of Worthington’s annual extravaganza is scheduled for Sept. 12 and 13, and one can bet those associated with the event are going to work hard to make it more memorable than ever.

There’s more, too. Just this past Friday, Worthington learned that it had been selected to host the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Opener, scheduled for Oct. 10-11.

Even those who don’t hunt should appreciate the significance of being the site for this opener. According to the blog of Gov. Mark Dayton, “hunters who attend the 2014 Pheasant Opener will have the opportunity to enjoy more than 4,800 acres of public hunting land in the Worthington area.” That’s a significant amount likely to attract a good quantity of visitors, who no doubt will spend money in and around the city and thereby contribute to the local economy.

Dayton also wrote: “The hunting land, event facilities and community support for the event are criteria used to decide who gets the hosting honor. Come next fall, Worthington highlights its acres of hunting land and hugely popular recreational activities like fishing, biking and hiking.” That’s a great opportunity to showcase the types of amenities that will only promote more tourism down the road.

We’re definitely excited for what’s in store in 2014.