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Farr: AHEC cancellation shouldn't harm tourism

By , - Last modified: February 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

The cancellation of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's Heritage Days event shouldn't harm tourism to Cumberland County overall, said Shireen Farr, the director of the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau.

On Friday, AHEC said it was cancelling the popular May event this year due to "budgetary concerns" in the Army and Department of Defense but would continue planning Heritage Days for next year.

"It's unfortunate. It's a popular event," Farr said.

However, AHEC still has plenty of exhibits inside its halls in Middlesex Township and the history trail outside that are available to visitors on a regular basis, she said. The center's 1863 exhibit in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and its battles in Pennsylvania is one of many popular displays.

On a broader note, there are other events planned for the weekend of May 17-19 that will draw visitors to Cumberland County, she said. Carlisle Events has its annual Import & Kit Nationals car show that weekend, as well as its Performance & Style show the week before at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

In the eastern part of the county, Camp Hill's third incarnation of the Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival has been moved up to May 17-19 this year, Farr said.

The arts festival formerly was held in June, and last year saw more backing from area business as it proved a popular event for the area, organizers said.

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