Monday was anything but an ordinary day at the Covington Visitor Center. Confetti and cheers filled the air as the 100,000th visitor of 2023 walked through the doors.
Ryleigh, a 15-year old from Arkansas, was presented with gifts provided by local businesses.
As of close of business on Monday, the Covington Visitor Center had 100,648 guests come in 2023, which is already a 4.5 percent increase from 2022’s 96,382 total visitors. Over a month remains in 2023, too.
Visitor Center coordinator Ron Carter expressed his pride in this achievement while also thanking the community and visitor’s support.
"We are incredibly proud of what we've accomplished so far, and it's truly a testament to the vibrant spirit of Covington," remarked Ron Carter, Visitor Center Coordinator. "We sincerely thank our residents and the guests who have played an integral role in making the Visitor Center a thriving hub of discovery."
More is on the way, too, to enrich the visiting experience.
The Visitor Center will be unveiling a local historic section that is scheduled to open Dec. 1. The space will offer a “glimpse into Covington and Newton County’s rich history, allowing locals and visitors to connect even more deeply with our amazing community.”
Carter shared his enthusiasm for the Covington Visitor Center’s evolution and growth in the future.
"We're not just a stop along the way; we're now a destination where stories are shared and memories are made,” Carter said. “We are excited to see what the future holds and are so grateful to everyone who has been a part of our journey."
“For those yet to explore the wonders of Covington, the Visitor Center remains a welcoming haven, ready to cater to the curiosities of every visitor, whether they're from near or far,” a City of Covington Facebook read. “The celebration of the 100,000th visitor serves as a poignant reminder of the thriving community that Covington has become - a place where hospitality and curiosity converge, creating an unforgettable experience for all.”