She and Legacy of the Plains Museum director Dave Wolf approached the Pioneers and negotiated a $15,000, three-year marketing deal. She said the families and their guests would aid the county’s economy through dining, lodging and shopping.
“This historically has been a baseball area,” board chair Ken Meyer told Leisy. “Everybody loves baseball… (the county) is just becoming more and more of a destination for people to come from other places and do something related to baseball.”
He said the Pioneers have had “phenomenal” support from the community over the last five years and have made a big impact on the people of the county.
“I personally like the idea but that’s just me. I’ve got four other ones to convince,” Meyer said.
The other commissioners did not need much convincing, as they all voted in favor of the plan. Leisy said the money would come out of a promotional fund for tourism.
During Monday’s meeting, the board also approved Leisy and Wolf to be the Public Sector Voting members for the Western Nebraska Tourism Coalition. This multi-county group promotes tourism from Valentine to North Platte to the Panhandle. They operate the most popular travel magazine in the state, and the board unanimously affirmed Leisy and Wolf as the county’s public sector representatives.