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Editorial: Pay us a visit

With the calendar now flipped to May and the end of school rapidly approaching, many families have probably already started planning summer getaways.

That may be one reason why the first week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition established by a Congressional joint resolution 21 years ago. While communities promote their benefits to residents and potential visitors year-round, this is one specific week in which a little extra outreach is sometimes made.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of National Travel and Tourism Week, has been airing special trivia segments on local radio this week. Perhaps people hearing the segments learned something new about their community; perhaps not. Regardless, the goal was to remind people of what a unique place we live in.

Worthington, no doubt, will be a popular place this summer when the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Musical Festival takes place for five days (Worthington has the right to the windsurfing nationals this year) next month. King Turkey Day marks its 75th anniversary in September, giving folks a good reason to come back to Worthington or make a first-time visit. Worthington will also host the governor’s pheasant opener in October.

Worthington and the surrounding area is already a nice place to live. It’s also a fine place to spend a few days — and though it doesn’t take a national tourism week to tell us that, a reinforcement certainly can’t hurt.