Early priority is to connect event planners, sports organizations, schools, city leaders

    The Crookston Visitor’s Bureau board of directors is looking towards the future with their new events committee which recently met to connect various event planners, sports organizations, schools, and city leaders.

    Each entity shared their upcoming schedules which include six youth hockey tournaments (one in December, four in January, and 12UA regionals in March) shared by the Blue Line Club’s Kristy Swanson and Parks & Recreation Director Scott Riopelle, Section 8A wrestling tournament and girls hockey sections in February and the Crookston Wrestling Club’s Rod Olson wrestling tournament in December shared by Crookston High School Principal Eric Bubna, Women’s Weekend Staycation in April plus the packed wedding schedule shared by Crookston Inn & Convention Center General Manager Laurie Stahlecker, University of Minnesota Crookston events shared by UMC Assistant Director of Admissions and CVB board chair Janessa Quanrud, and local events shared by Crookston Area Chamber & Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Terri Heggie and CVB Marketing & Tourism Coordinator Jess Bengtson.

    All with the goal of adding more hotel stays for the three hotels: Crookston Inn, AmericInn, Cobblestone, and Golf Terrace Motel, plus filling local restaurants, businesses and gas stations.

    The events committee discussed marketing strategies, how to best partner with local businesses and restaurants, and what new events they could bring to the area. Some ideas thrown around were more concerts at the Crookston Sports Center, a wine walk to pair with the Chamber/CVB’s new Historical Walking Guide tour, husband or family “lost-and-found” gatherings at local restaurants with featured specials during big tournament weekends, a blues concert in Central Park, “Bar Olympics”, and more events in the former Wayne Hotel parking lot if the city looks to add power to that location.

    CVB board chair Janessa Quanrud says this events committee is a step in the right direction.

    “We want visitors to get out into our community, eat at our restaurants, shop at our stores, take a walk downtown, all while enjoying their stay at our fine hotels and motel,” Quanrud explained. “This new committee will help us connect everyone on what’s going on in Crookston so we can share and increase our visibility.”

    “If our committee can assist at getting even more events in Crookston, it will just add to what we already offer which is a lot,” she added.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the CVB events committee, call 281-4320, email janessa@crk.umn.edu, or go to www.visitcrookston.com.