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Great article about tourism in Clay County that appeared in the Anniston Star on October 23, 2010.

Tracking tourism: Clay County looks to present a new image

by Jason Bacaj
Star Staff Writer Anniston Star
Oct 23, 2010

DELTA — A couple of rocking chairs swayed under the ceiling fans on one side of the back porch while a former Screamin’ Eagle explained why he invested $600,000 in Clay County.

A dream told Marc Frandsen, who was medically discharged from the 101st Airborne, to liquidate all his assets in New Orleans and build a lodge just off McKay Road.

Two months later Frandsen, who hails from Virginia, stands in that lodge — the main lodge of Patriot Riding Stables and Retreat — one of the most modern buildings in Clay County. Now it’s just a matter of attracting people to the retreat and selling Clay County as a tourist destination, something Clay County has worked toward in recent years.

“We don’t have what I would call a structured plan right now; it’s on our list of things to do. But everything we’ve done for the last three years has gone toward promoting tourism,” said Richard Arnold, former head of the county Chamber of Commerce.

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