Brown County has room for a few more race fans.
Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Jane Ellis estimated Friday afternoon that about 25 rooms or cabins are still available to rent for all or part of the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 race weekend.
The tourism office had contacted 47 properties to see who still had spaces, and five responded that they were completely full, she said.
Ellis said she believes reports from Indianapolis-area television stations about the sellout race crowd and nearly-booked-solid hotels has hurt Brown County, which is just over an hour’s drive from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We’re not sold out,” she said. “We’ve been trying to combat that a little on social media.”
However, that’s not to say it’ll be a slow weekend. Holiday weekends are typically busy in Brown County, and this Memorial Day looks to be about the same as usual, Ellis said.
At Hills O’Brown Vacation Rentals, reservationist Laura Anderson said Friday afternoon that one option remained among the 109 properties the company manages: a room in an owner’s home “out in the boonies,” which was going for $365 for a three-night minimum.
She said cabins typically are booked a year in advance on summer holiday weekends.
Ellis said no matter how busy it gets, “there’s always a room to rent” somewhere in the county.
The Visitors Center in downtown Nashville will be open until 7 p.m. today, still answering calls and helping direct visitors to available places to stay, Ellis said. After hours, room-seekers can visit the county’s tourism website, www.browncounty.com to call individual properties.