Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center Manager Adam Davis invites everyone to the Welcome Center at the park May 14. He said the day will feature Pappy from the Spring Dipper, live music, Mayor Jean Pace, and free helium balloons and many door prizes will be given away during the day.
The Welcome Center at Mammoth Spring State Park will be participating in See Arkansas Week/National Tourism Week, May 12-20.
The event is hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and locally will be called Arkansas Tourist Appreciation Day.
Welcome Center Manager Adam Davis said May 14 will be the main day at Mammoth Spring State Park. "Refreshments will be served to guests and door prizes will be given throughout the day," Davis said.
"On Monday, 40 different door prizes will be given away, one about every 30 minutes," Davis said. Some of the door prizes include T-shirts, travel mugs, CDs, tote bags, coffee mugs and more.
Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace will be on hand to welcome guests on Monday. A live band is scheduled to entertain at the Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"During the rest of the week, refreshments will be served daily, and a complimentary meal from one of the area restaurants will be given away each day to a lucky tourist," Davis said.
"We try to promote downtown Mammoth Spring when tourists stop in the Welcome Center. We hand out information about area restaurants and motels and lodging in our area," he said.
Last year, 328,668 tourist visited Mammoth Spring State Park. June was the highest tourism month with just over 51,000 people visiting the park. This total was up nearly 6,000 people from 2005.
Davis said tourism is big business in Fulton County. Last year, $19,748,987 was generated by the tourism industry. "Those are very good numbers compared to other counties in Arkansas," Davis said.
Pace said she is very pleased the park is in the Mammoth Spring community.
"The park has a huge economic impact on the economy of our city. The staff at the park is great to work with and we appreciate all the efforts they make in or community," Pace said.