Erie, Pa.—Ned Weedly, director of the Erie County Board of Tourism, has released a statement regarding certain disturbing trends affecting tourism in Erie County.
To be addressed are a fix for the high-water problem at Presque Isle, the lack of parking in downtown Erie, the slight rise of toxins in Lake Erie fish, and the reports of people being eaten by roving bands of inbred cannibals.
“We are actively working to find a solution to the high-water issue at Presque Isle and we’ve added two new parking lots in the downtown area,” Mr. Weedly stated emphatically. “The toxin issue in Lake Erie fish is something all the communities that rest on the shores of Lake Erie are looking into and finally, the reports of people being eaten by roving bands of inbred cannibals are patently false…I mean, sure, occasionally somebody gets eaten, but it doesn’t happen every day; you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to be eaten by a roving band of inbred cannibals.”
When it was pointed out to Mr. Weedly that the last person to be struck by lightning in Erie County was then eaten by a roving band of inbred cannibals that had dragged his body from a local golf course, Mr. Weedly indicated that anyone stupid enough to play golf in a lightning storm in an area known to be frequented by roving bands of inbred cannibals, is just asking to be eaten.
“Let’s be frank,” Mr. Weedly added, “most of the people who get eaten by roving bands of inbred cannibals are slow and dimwitted. Sometimes, they’re just plain old.”
Asked to answer if he couldn’t see how the threat of being eaten by roving bands of inbred cannibals might deter tourism, he had the following response: “I’d say the good outweighs the bad: visit our wonderful beaches at Presque Isle, try your hand at lady luck at the casino, or stop by one of our many fantastic wineries. Sure, you may be eaten by a roving band of inbred cannibals, but honestly, you’re far more likely to be taken out by the flesh-eating bacteria in our water supply.”
Mr. Weedly then took the opportunity to unveil the new Erie County tourism slogan: Come to Erie County; There’s Not as Many Roving Bands of Inbred Cannibals as You’d Think!