It is time to say good bye to the Summer Citizens who come to Cache Valley in the summer to escape warmer climates in other states. According to Jullie Hollist-Terrell, executive director of the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, some have already left but the rest will get together for a social Wednesday at 12 noon in the Taggart Student Center Ballroom.
Hollist-Terrell says many of the retired people rent the student apartments that otherwise might be vacant this time of year.
“I had a couple in here who came to say goodbye to me just at the end of last week who said, ‘Guess what? We just bought our new car here!’ There are lots of them who save up to get their medical procedures here because it’s so convenient, so close,” says Hollist-Terrell. “They love the doctors, (they’re) more affordable. They do their dental work here, they buy cars here, some of them eat out every single meal while they are here for three months.”
Hollist-Terrell says the Summer Citizens keep in shape by golfing, playing tennis, pickle ball and other sports. She says they are also great supporters of the local arts programs, such as the Lyric Theatre and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.
In her words, “the Summer Citizens are a great boon to our local economy.”