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Sioux Falls businesses get economic boost from big-name concerts

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It's a big weekend for music in Sioux Falls—JazzFest  packed Yankton Trail Park all weekend, especially on Saturday night for the Sheryl Crow concert.   

Also Saturday, Kiss appeared at the Brennan Rock and Roll Academy, REO Speed Wagon was out at Grand Falls Casino and Tim McGraw played to a sold out crowd at the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds. 

Many people came from all over the country to attend one of the big shows. At JazzFest alone, visitors came from California, Texas and all over the east coast—all of them investing a lot of money into a weekend getaway in Sioux Falls. 

"We're from Litchfield, MN and we are in town for JazzFest," said Barb and Randy Hein.  

"I've been going to Jazzfest from way back and we've been coming every year since I moved away, and its great, we love it, wouldn't miss it, we book our hotel reservations a year in advance and come every year," said Laurie Ortega in town from Willmer, MN. 

"Every year, for the last 12 years, I've been here, since about the third year they started and I've been here just about every year at JazzFest," said the Heins. 

Whether they're in town for an annual trip to JazzFest or taking advantage of one of the other big name acts in town tonight, visitors are all over Sioux Falls this weekend. 

"I was out golfing this morning and then did some shopping eating out," said Russell Haley and Liz Jandl visiting from Rapid City. 

"We decided to come down to lunch and then we found that is was crazy days so we're shopping a little bit," said the Heins. 

All of those extra activities mean a lot of money coming into the Sioux Falls economy. 

"Too much," said Jandl & Haley. "Between eating and playing, I'd say we're spending just under $1000, but pretty close." 

"We're staying at a hotel for a couple of nights, we're out shopping, I bought this, I bought some jewelry, you bought a t-shirt last night, lunch, eating out every meal," said the Heins. 

"I'm sure its generates a great deal of revenue for people coming into all the concerts, they have to eat some where, then the restaurants, its busy down here today, I think its wonderful for the city," said Deb Staton, in town from Mesa, AZ. 

All of those guests are also spending a lot of money at the concerts themselves, buying drinks, food or souvenirs from the many great concert vendors.

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