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No Dogwood carnival impacts area businesses

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They're getting the rooms ready at Eagles Nest Hotel in downtown Quincy; but, several of them will be vacant this weekend.

"The dogwood parade and the carnival brings back our clientele and that starts off our spring and summer season. Without them, we're hurting right now and just trying to fill those rooms up again." said Eagle's Nest Hotel Front Desk Clerk Nicole Uppinghouse.

Other hotels tell similar stories, like the Microtel Inn, where they've had 15 cancellations because of the carnival not coming.

The situation has caught the attention of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau. 

"I think there can be new traditions made with some of the new events like something going on with Washington theater, the music concerts. There's a lot of great artistic and cultural events still going on with dogwood." said executive director Holly Cain.

Cain said while the loss of the carnival has directly impacted hotels like Eagles nest, she doesn't expect a big drop in the number of visitors here to Quincy this weekend. However, she says it is something they will be tracking.

"It is something that we will look into and see if it's something that can be replaced but there are still so many other great events that are in conjunction with the festival." explained Cain.

But, the Eagle's Nest said they will now have to deal with a slow start to what's supposed to be the busiest time of year. They've resorted to this sign out front promoting a walk-in special. They said they're trying everything they can to make up for the lost revenue.

"We had all kinds of plans for these things and since they canceled it on us, it's a lose lose situation right now." said Uppinghouse.

Organizers of the carnival did not turn in applications for permits by the April 28th deadline. So, city council did not vote on the necessary street closures for the carnival. The organizer of the carnival has not returned calls to explain why the paperwork wasn't filed.

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