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HQBD hosting ChristKindl Market this weekend

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A first year event is making quite an impression in Downtown Quincy.  More than a dozen venues helped make the Christkindl Market a success.

Local businesses made their way inside the tent this weekend to be a part of the first Christkindl Market, but some traveled far to be involved like Thomas Hooper who owns a store in Louisiana, Missouri.

And he said the trip was worth it.

"I had very low expectations because it was a first time event. I figured we would just come up here and do it for fun and relax and see some of our friends in Quincy. And by noon yesterday, we hit the goal I had set for the whole weekend," Hooper said.  

But he isn't the only one surprised by the turnout.

Historic Quincy Business District Director Travis Brown said he didn't expect this many people to come out.

"It's been fantastic. This being our first time ever trying this, you never know what you're going to expect, but in our wildest dreams, I don't think we would've planned on it being this great," said Brown.  

And residents like Sarah Reynolds said she came out because it was something different.

"And I thought that was really interesting because German history is huge in Quincy, and I wanted something unique, and they said they would have an open market and it was better than the mall," said Reynolds.  

Brown said the weather played a big role in getting people out, and he's thankful that the weather was so pleasant for the first year.

"And more than anything, I think it helped us in future years because now people have come down, they've seen we are under a tent we do have heat if we need it, and it's not just an outdoor festival," Brown said.  

He said because of the success, he's also expecting to hold this event next year.

 

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