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National shooting competition brings big money for local economy

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BARRY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Tri-State hotels and restaurants expect to rake in the money this weekend. The United States Practical Shooting Association has a competition in Barry, and the competitors have brought some serious cash with them.

More than 500 competitive shooters compete in the "classic nationals" just outside of Barry, in Pike County, Illinois.

"They are coming in here for about 4 days from 3 countries and from all over America. So, they are coming in from both coasts here to our area," said Executive Director Holly Cain, with the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Cain estimates that almost $400,00 will go back into the economy from this competition.

"They're primarily going for the hotels, the restaurants, they're going to be shopping and fueling here," said Cain.

One of the main hotels competitors are staying at is the Microtel in Downtown Quincy. General Manager Bob Daly says he's almost sold out of rooms.

"This is a good event because for 3 or 4 nights our occupancy increases due to the single stack shooting tournament," said Daly.

One of the competitors staying at the Microtel is Doug Carden.

"Whenever we go to the national level shooting matches, like we have here, we do drop a considerable amount of money in the local community where we are staying," said Carden. 

Carden traveled from Corralville, Iowa and says he and his family usually spends $2,000-$3,000 over this weekend.

"We buy groceries," said Carden. "A lot of us forget things, like raincoats or something like that. So, we're hitting the local stores."

Hotels aren't the only businesses booming. Cain says Quincy restaurants are also gearing up for a big weekend.

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