Rail Fest sees large numbers
This year's North Platte Rail Fest drew almost record numbers as people flocked from all over the place, including 11 foreign countries. Ginger Ady, Executive Assistant for the North Platte Convention & Visitors Bureau, says figures are gauged in part by how many individuals attend each event and how full hotels are.
"Basically what we do is we go around and we kind of survey the different events that we do have. They do keep track of kind of how many people they have come to each thing. And then the room nights. And then basically talk to the volunteers and kind of see what they have to say. The number that we did come up with this year is around 15,000 for the three days of the celebration."
Ady says she thinks Rail Fest was busier this year than last due to the weather. She says it was recognized by the American Bus Association for the second time.
Plans to organize Rail Fest 2013 are already underway as it is scheduled to take place on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd.
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