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Local Businesses Gear Up For Busy Weekend

There will be around an extra 6,000 people in town between the Western Heritage Classic and three university graduations this weekend.
With the Western Heritage Classic and three university graduations in Abilene this weekend, some local hotels have been booked for the next few days for as long as seven months. One local hotel manager, Alecia Linhan, explains that she is so thankful for the business, but wishes these events were not all on the same weekend. "It brings a lot of great profit to Abilene in all areas, but it would be nice if it could be spread over more than one weekend."

The Western Heritage Classic has been held on this weekend in May for decades, and there is not an interest in changing that, but the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to find a way to make this weekend less of a traffic jam around town. "Ideally, yes, we would love to see some separation and give people a little bit of breathing room, but its just out of our control at this time" explains Trish Dressen.

Dressen said that all three graduations and the Western Heritage Classic do not always all happen on one weekend, however in the past decade, that has happened more often than not.

Between the graduations and the rodeo, there will be around 6,000 extra people in Abilene, which is good news for downtown restaurant owner, Brian Green.

"So for the next ten days, Abilene should see the biggest sales tax dollars traffic that we will get all year long" explains Green. However, that is good news for everyone, not just those in the food and hotel industries.

To learn more about the Western Heritage Classic, click here.
to learn more about the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
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