Spring has Sprung in Door County
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People are making the most of the good weather while it's here. In Door County the kickoff to spring got started this weekend with fun events and attractions but this time of year is also essential for the economy. Venders say they have been waiting too long for the weather to warm up and have gotten a late start because of the delayed spring.
"Everybody's happy and glad to be out and about and being outside and enjoying it," said Carol Overland the owner of Wilkins & Olander in Sturgeon Bay when talking about the weather.
The streets of Sturgeon Bay in Door County are packed with visitors and many people came from out of town just to enjoy the warm weather.
"All the business owners that maybe have been closed for the winter are cleaning up and getting ready for the season to start," said Jon Jarosh, the Director of Communications for the Door County Visitor Bureau.
Stores were busy today just trying to keep up with the rush of people. The owner of Wilkins & Olander says they haven't been this busy in a while.
"There's a lot of people that have been in shopping that really like what they see but they just weren't ready to pull the trigger because they couldn't wear it yet," said Overland.
Tourism is the livelihood for the Door County economy. In 2011 the tourism industry brought in more that $271 million and supported nearly 3,000 jobs. Besides those numbers though people came for the beauty.
"We've had over 2.2 million daffodil bulbs planted in the county since our Season of Blossoms celebration started 20 years ago and that's in addition to all the wild flowers we have up here and of course fairly known for our cherry blossoms and then the apple blossoms to follow," said Jarosh.
Right now the flowers are not quite ready to bloom, but it's not stopping events from kicking off. Besides the many shops to see and places to eat there's also events going on all over the downtown area.