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Meet Ottumwa hopes trick-or-treating in historic districts will help promote the town

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 10:04 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - As you plan your trick-or-treating route this year, you may want to look beyond your own neighborhood.

Executive Director Andy Wartenberg with Meet Ottumwa says he wants to promote the historic districts in town and thought trick-or-treating was a great time for people to explore. “Our idea was you know when you’re out trick-or-treating or if anyone comes here and visits trick-or-treating, they could actually trick-or-treat in some beautiful historic homes.”

Wartenberg says there are seven total historic districts, and five of them are residential. They include Fifth Street Bluff, North Fellows, Greater Second Street, and even the Ottumwa Cemetery. Others that can be visited are Vogal Place, Court Hill, and the Railroad Historic District. He says the more people know about the amenities in town and the interesting place to visit, the more tourists can learn about Ottumwa. “Be a tourist in your own town.”

Wartenberg says this historic district promotion can also help local businesses. The promotion could even encourage new businesses to move in. “Wow, I can trick-or-treat with my kids in a historic district or maybe line in one that might be someone who makes a decision to bring a business here.”

According to Wartenberg, there is a lot of variety when it comes to exploring the historic districts. He hopes people will get out and see what Ottumwa has to offer.

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