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New events expected to drive Wood County tourism

12:27 AM, Jul. 28, 2013
Westfield Pioneers' Camden Stampfo practices swinging the bat before playing in the Small Town Baseball State Championships at Jack Hackmann Field in Marshfield, Friday, July 26, 2013. The Small Town Baseball State Championships saw many teams from throughout Wisconsin come to the Marshfield area.
Westfield Pioneers' Camden Stampfo practices swinging the bat before playing in the Small Town Baseball State Championships at Jack Hackmann Field in Marshfield, Friday, July 26, 2013. The Small Town Baseball State Championships saw many teams from throughout Wisconsin come to the Marshfield area.
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Wood County tourism leaders have been working to bring new events to Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids this year to boost tourism after lackluster visitor spending last year.

Wood County saw a $700,000, or 0.89 percent, decrease in direct visitor spending from 2011 to 2012 - an indicator of a stagnant spending year, said Wisconsin Department of Tourism communications director Lisa Marshall.

Tourism spending in Wood County increased 4.47 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to a Department of Tourism report. ...

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