The Valley City Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose primary purpose is bringing visitors to the area, had a lot to celebrate Thursday. As part of National Tourism Week, the CVB celebrated new additions to Valley City.
“Tourism has been on the rise in Valley City as evidenced by increased accommodation tax collections and a rise in the food and beverage tax amount. These are two funds that help quantify the number of visitors in the area. Visitors signing in at the Rosebud Visitor Center has averaged over 2,000 a year,” said Mary Lee Nielson, marketing director of CVB.
The CVB began by celebrating the completion of the new fountain in City Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
During the ceremony, Dick Dalman, president of Valley City’s park board, said, “Mother Nature has certainly provided City Park with more than enough water. But the city park has been without the sounds of a fountain up until 2011.”
“This is the fourth fountain,” explained Kerry Gregoryk, who took on the project of establishing the fountain with Stephanie Mayfield and Dustin Theurer.
The tradition of the City Park water fountain dates back 100 years, with the first fountain being built in the 1880s. Another fountain was built in the 1910s and another in 1929. Part of the 1929 fountain is incorporated into the new 2011 fountain.
A cast-iron ring, which is lined with little designs of frogs, was a part of the 1929 fountain, but was never completely removed from City Park. Instead, it was just buried in the ground.
Dan Preston of Pine County Nursery laser-cut the perimeter of the ring and it is now a part of City Park’s new fountain.
“So we have the old with the new,” said Mayfield.
The CVB also celebrated the addition of the “Welcome to Valley City” entry signs and the outdoor interpretation on the west side of Rosebud Visitor Center.
A new outdoor railroad exhibit has a display of various railroad signs and rails along with their meanings.
The CVB also wanted to mention a correction to be made about their sponsors.
The sign by the fountain lists donors and sponsors. The sign reads Valley Sales as a donor, but it was actually donated in memory of grandparents Clarence and Anne Spenningsby and parents Don and Anna Spenningsby from the Spenningsby Family.
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