Visitors to Old Forge this weekend exceeded expectations

Town of Webb Tourism Director Mike Farmer talks about this July 4th weekend.

Posted: Jul 5, 2020 2:13 PM
Updated: Jul 5, 2020 11:47 PM

Old Forge, N.Y. - Town of Webb Tourism Director Mike Farmer has seen it all over the years, but this is the first 4th of July weekend he's ever seen, during a pandemic, "We didn’t know what to expect, but it has met all of our expectations."

Farmer couldn't stop smiling while being interviewed on Route 28 in front of his office, as cars filled the roadway in both directions. People leaving town here on Sunday, and a whole new group of people coming into town for this upcoming week.

One thing Farmer says he has noticed his weekend especially, is that just about everyone is wearing a mask, "People have been so good, so understanding, and that really makes it feel like one community. Our visitors here for the day, the week, or the season, they’re in it with the local residents and they too are making this work."

Logan Stevenson and his family from Wolcott, near Rochester, just arrived Sunday morning for their stay in Old Forge. When asked whether a few weeks ago he thought he'd be traveling to a popular tourist spot like Old Forge, Stevenson said, "I didn’t. But my family said something about coming here and I thought it would be best thing to do."

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