Essex County did benefit by investing in this summer's International Children's Games, according to research done by Windsor's mayor.

Eddie Francis didn't take kindly to comments by Leamington Mayor John Paterson, who said his town received "zero" benefits from the games.

Francis has cited the county did, in fact, reap some rewards.

Just before the competition began, the Australian team booked rooms in Leamington.

"The Australian team arrived before the events began. They paid for, out of their own pocket, 22 rooms at the Comfort Inn. They spent the entire day on Aug. 13 in Leamington at Point Pelee. They had breakfast, lunch and dinner."

Others visited as well.

"During the games, there were two bus motor coaches rented out by the teams," said Francis. "They visited Cooper Hawk, Viewpoint and Muscoderi winery. They visited Klassen's blueberries, and that was for about 100 people."

Reacting to the Mayor's research, Paterson told CBC News he has been waiting for this kind of information.

Up until now, there's been no report on what the county got in return for its $300,000 investment.

"I'm happy he's able to provide us with some explanation as to what we got in return for our investment," he said.

This may be good news for Francis, as the city is now considering a bid for the 2014 Ontario Summer Games.

He would like another contribution from the county if council approves.