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Weekend events mean big boost for local economy

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It's going to be a huge weekend for events in the tri-states.

Tin Dusters, which is one of the biggest events for the Gem City, will be in town this weekend.

For the first time in years, two other major events - the Annual Quincy High School Octoberfest Band Competition and the Hannibal Folklife Festival - fall on the same weekend.

And Quincy city officials say this could be a record setting weekend for revenue.

Deb Carstens with the Quincy Hotel & Motel Association says over 900 street riders and their families will be in town for Tin Dusters. That event in itself has booked all 900 hotel rooms in Quincy.

Holly Cain with the Quincy Area Visitor and Convention Bureau says downtown merchants estimate Tin Dusters will bring in nearly $1 million in revenue alone.

"Some of our downtown merchants say it's larger than Christmas this one weekend with Tin Dusters, and so we estimate about $850,000-$1 million that Tin Dusters brings in, that event keeps growing because it's free admission," said Cain.

The three events together are going to give a major boost to the local economy.

"It's a big revenue generator for us," Carstens said. "Not only for the hotels, but the entire community. I mean everybody that comes to town will eat in our restaurants, buy our gas, shop in our businesses, so it's good for the whole town. But for the hotels, any time you have a city wide event, it's going to have a huge economic impact."

Carstens says she already has hotel rooms booked into next year for this same weekend.

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