Two new state reps take part in Bennett tradition

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By Julie Turner-Crawford The Daily Record jturner@lebanondailyrecord.com

BENNETT SPRING — Laclede County's new representatives in the Missouri House were on hand for the opening whistle of the 2013 trout season at Bennett Spring State Park on Friday, and both said they could see why it was a popular event.

Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo, was experiencing Opening Day for the first time, while her fellow lawmaker, Diane Franklin, R-Camdenton, had ventured to the park for the 2012 opening.

"I think everyone should experience this at least once in their life," Crawford, who represents the 129th District that includes half of Laclede County and all of Dallas County, said. "Every time I come to the park, in general, I think I should spend more time here. It is so beautiful and peaceful."

Franklin, R-Camdenton, who represents the portion of Laclede County that is in the 123rd District, said Bennett Spring was a perfect tourist destination.

"Driving down here, I saw all of the hotels and the vehicle lights as people pulled out to come down," she said. "Whether you come on Opening Day or any other season of the year, Bennett Spring is just a beautiful place to be."

Being newly elected to represent the park's interests, the lawmakers said promotion of Bennett Spring, and other state parks, is critical for Missouri.

"We need to promote tourism, weather it be in the budget or just in general," Crawford said. "We need to promote this area to bring people into both Dallas and Laclede counties."

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<p><strong>Despite cold temperatures</strong>, about 1,200 people — including these fishermen lined up in Zone 1, just above the Holland Dam — were on hand Friday for the opening of the 2013 trout season at Bennett Spring State Park.</p>


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