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Swim meet brings boost to area businesses

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A local sporting event is making a big splash for area merchants this weekend.

It certainly is a busy summer for Quincy with last weekend's art faire and the Fourth wrapping up. Now we're on the verge of a busy weekend with a boost.

Sheridan Swim Club Coach coach Michael Moffitt says 400 swimmers and their families will come to Quincy this weekend.

And he says they're going to be spending some cash.

"The restaurants, activities, hotels, and of course with them traveling so far they have to get gas," said Moffitt.

Quincy Hotel/Motel Association's Deb Carstens says this means a lot of money will come to Quincy.

"They may hit the local pools. They may want to go to the putt putt They even go down to Hannibal and hit the Mark Twain events that are going on this weekend," said Carstens.

Moffitt says these families will spend roughly $200,000-$300,000 during their stay in Quincy.

That's money put right into the local economy and tax dollars that will stay in Quincy.

"A lot of times after they're done swimming in the evenings and stuff they'll end up going out to restaurants for dinner and everything," said Moffitt.

Moffitt says he hopes people do come out from the community. It's free to watch and he says he hopes it sparks someone's interest in swimming.

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