Tourists traveling through Kalona, Iowa, were in for an unexpected surprise when they found themselves targeted by the town's police.
Last week, police pulled over cars with out-of-state license plates -- and offered the passengers an all-expenses-paid visit to their small town.
Ron and Cheri Cunningham of Missouri were one of several people "taken into custody."
They were given gift baskets, and even had a meeting with the mayor. In addition, they received free food and scored a complimentary night's lodging.
The city is hopeful this tourism gimmick will bring attention to their small town's charm.
*Originally published September 22, 2009