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Gettysburg Visitors Bureau: 150th events exceeded expectations

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While no economic impact estimation was available, the Gettysburg area did exceed expectations for visitors coming to town for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The period from June 28 to July 7 attracted about 235,000 people, according to the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. The bureau had projected 200,000 for that busy period in a year that could draw 4 million to Gettysburg.

"We did estimate that Adams County would see $100 million in economic impact for the 10-day commemoration and $750 million for the year," said Carl Whitehill, a bureau spokesman. "We are confident that we met our estimation of $100 million, based on our estimated attendance."

The bureau calculated its figure using event attendance, hotel occupancy throughout the region and reports from attractions, tours and organizations.

In all, 400 events were planned for the 10-day commemoration, including two large-scale battle re-enactments, the Gettysburg National Military Park's official ceremony, the opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum and the Pickett's Charge commemorative march. Organizers estimate 35,000 to 40,000 people took part July 3.

Freedom Transit, which operates the public transportation system in Gettysburg, reported 67,613 people rode the trolley during the commemorative event. About 40,000 travelers visited information tents set up at satellite parking lots.

The bureau expects to have economic impact figures next year, Whitehill said.

"Our numbers are generated by state research and those numbers will not be available until 2014," he said.

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