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Local businesses react to Tin Dusters cancellation

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The surge in local coronavirus cases has prompted another longtime Quincy event to cancel.

The Early Tin Dusters Annual Fall Color Run announced Monday that the 2020 event will not happen, news local businesses said they're not thrilled to hear.

Management at the Fairfield Inn and Suites said the weekend the Tin Dusters come to town is always a big one.

"The typical Tin Dusters weekend would be 100 percent occupancy," general manager Deb Carstens said. "We would sell out and we would sell out a year in advance."

Carstens said it's another blow during an already challenging time.

"Through the COVID season, hotels are running anywhere between 60 and 70 percent less occupancy than what we would typically run," she said.

The affect also extends to Quincy's downtown.

Officials at the District said the loss of Tin Dusters tourism also puts a dent in the revenue of downtown businesses.

"You got 600 to 800 cars down here, and everyone coming down to look at it and also they shop," executive director Bruce Guthrie said. "A lot of the wives are down here are shopping and spouses are."

Guthrie said they did all they could to try and keep the event on the schedule.
"We met with them, they met with city leaders and we were trying everything we can do to get it on."

But both Carstens and Guthrie said the cancellation cuts deeper than just dollars and cents.

"They look forward year round to these events and attendees look forward to come to this and meet friends for that weekend," Guthrie said.

"They come in and razz us and give us a hard time and we do the same thing because we've become friends," Carstens said.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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