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[August 30, 2010]
The hotels and motels in Lincoln have
had a very good month. Starting with some bookings for the county
fair, the lodges were then filled with state fair goers for 10 days,
and they were all booked solid for this weekend's activities. That's
all motel-hotel taxes that help pay for our continued efforts to
promote our city for tourists.
Talking to three convenience stores/gas stations, they too had a
great weekend. Foods, drinks and gasoline sales were all excellent
at the three we talked to.
Dom Dalpoas, executive director of The
Oasis, said this year's crafts and flea market event at Scully Park
topped the charts. The park had 103 vendors this year and that is
capacity at the park. Dalpoas said many vendors from other states
enjoy coming to the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival because
everything is so organized and they love the park.
It is a subjective answer, but the question of just what
percentages of the crowds around town were from out of town was
asked of dozens of people.
The answers ranged from 60 to 65 percent all the way up to 90
Roy Logan at the park district thought the crowds were heavily
from out of town. "I know a lot of people in Lincoln, and looking
around this crowd at the airport I hardly see anyone I know," he
The answer to how many visited the festival this year will never
actually be known. Head counts at events aren't taken, and since
many people go to the airport and to all the activities downtown,
many several times during the weekend, the only number we can come
up with is: "It was a whole bunch."
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Many of the vendors said they had really good sales and some
local ones did well too. The United Way sold over $400 in tickets
for their $500 IGA grocery raffle, and the Humane Society of Logan
County with their handbags sale had gone over $1,000 profit with
much of Sunday still to go.
Congratulations to Don Lanterman. Don won the quilt auctioned off
at the Heritage In Flight Museum raffle.
On Thursday we carried a
of a group of youngsters working to make All Veterans Park look good
for our weekend guests. Mayor Keith Snyder was impressed with the
youths' efforts and sent every one of them a free pass to this
year's art and balloon fest.