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Quincy bars prepare for big night for "Blackout Wednesday"

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Not only is Thanksgiving eve the busiest travel day, but local police say it is one of the worst nights of the year for drunk driving.

College students call it "Blackout Wednesday" as they come home to celebrate with their friends.

Emily McCaughey is back home in Quincy tonight on her break from St. Louis University.

She plans to go out tonight for what has been coined "black out Wednesday," because of the excessive drinking that takes place that can cause a black out.

"It's a good time for friends to come together and catch up and go out and party," said McCaughey.

McCaughey said she has been flooded with invites for tonight.

"I've been getting invitations to go out here in Quincy tonight since like last week," said McCaughey.

Ambiance owner Patti Terstreip said she seized on the opportunity a few years ago to host an event because of the popularity of the night.

"I feel like tonight is the big kick off of the season," said Terstreip.

Terstreip said even though she wants her guests to have a good time, she wants to make sure they stay safe.

"At the bar we do have cab numbers. Our bartenders are constantly watching. If someone needs a cab we will be more than happy to call a cab for you," said Terstreip.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer agrees with Terstreip's approach on safety and says getting home safely is a must.

"If they have a designated driver or someone they can call to come get them or some way to get them safely where they need to be," said Fischer.

The Thanksgiving eve party at the Ambiance starts Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. and runs until about midnight.

There is live music and appetizers.

There is a $5 cover charge. 

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