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Weekend festivities expected to boost local economy

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It's a very big weekend ahead for Quincy's historic downtown in Washington Park as this weekend's Midsummer Arts Faire kicks off tonight with Blues in the District.

Historic Quincy Business Districts Executive Director Travis Brown says he expects several thousand people to show up for the festivities.

Just the ticket - he says - to boost the local economy.

"These are people that come and usually spend money whether it's with local artists or at restaurants or in the little shops," said Brown. "It really is a great weekend and really a nice revenue-generator for the entire community."

Co-owner of Thyme Square Cafe Erica Shupe says it's the biggest weekend for her but, she says, the buck doesn't stop there.

She says her restaurant buys from local farmers.

"The busier we are, the busier the farmers are," said Shupe. "So it definitely gives more money to them. It allows them to be able to plant more products and offer us a larger supply which is always great. And because they're local farms, that keeps the money circulating within our local economy."

Organizers say restaurants and hotels just may see the biggest impact on what the Historic Quincy Business District calls downtown Quincy's second busiest weekend of the entire year.

But Midsummer Arts Faire Board President Kelli Langston says perhaps the group it impacts the most are the artists with the living it provides them in a sometimes struggling career field.

"Well this is the artists' livelihood," said Langston. "They make a living traveling from one activity to the next on weekends. It's a rough way to make a living but they obviously love it."

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