Holiday visitors down; revenues up

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

Attendance at Ute Lake State Park was down over the holiday week, but visitors generated record revenues, officials said.

Ute Lake officials reported 34,104 visitors were on hand from June 29 through Sunday, about 5,000 fewer than a year ago. But this year’s visitors produced $31,735 in revenue — about $5,000 more than the July 4 week in 2008 and the most ever recorded in Ute Lake history.

Attendance at Conchas Lake State Park was also down — 7,520 compared to 9,879 a year ago during the holiday week. But Conchas said it also had increased revenue from 2008 by about $1,100.

Despite the drop in numbers, “It was a real busy weekend for the staff of the state parks,” said Marti Niman, Ute Lake’s public information officer.

The annual parade on Saturday in Logan was one of the region’s hot spots for locals and visitors. The parade attracted 52 floats, said Diane Hines, secretary for the Logan Ute Lake Chamber of Commerce.

“It all went very well,” Hines said. “We had a larger crowd attend the parade than last year.”

Local businesses reported sales were good.

Super Stop in Logan had its best Fourth of July sales since opening in 2004, Manager Moe Ramirez said.

“The Annex Bar and Grill is usually full and we can seat 145 people,” Ramirez said. “There were close to 30,000 in town.”

Bagged ice was popular among holiday visitors.

Ramirez said on Saturday three loads of ice were delivered to the Super Stop.

“They would bring one load, go back and load up again and bring it back,” Ramirez laughed.

Police officers reported minimal holiday problems.

State police recorded six regional DWIs arrests during their holiday saturation patrols. Just two of those arrests were in Quay County, said Lt. Cleo Baker.

“There were two wrecks in Quay County, none of them fatal,” Baker said. “It was a good weekend.”

Quay County officials reported 11 people were booked into the Quay County Detention Center between Friday morning and Sunday night.