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BBQ festival brings boost for Hannibal businesses

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Hannibal (WGEM) -- People have come from near and far to Hannibal this weekend for the second BBQ festival, and that's giving another boost to local businesses.

Organizers say they expect large crowds to gather for concerts and the competition after taking a year off due to the pandemic.

Jason Krigbaum said he's already seen a direct impact on the city of Hannibal.

"It was good two years ago and it seems like this year it took off bigger than it was the first year, which is great," Krigbaum said. "It's good for the community from businesses to restaurants to downtown to the historic areas."

The event hopes to not only bring revenue to the event but be sure to bring more foot traffic to Hannibal businesses.

The Comfort Inn across the street from the event has been booked completely for just over a month now.

Employee Kaylee Robbins said it's not only a good thing for the hotel, but she knows it impacts other businesses as well.

"With being packed and all the rooms being full right now," said Robbins. "It brings in a lot of revenue for us and everyone around us in Hannibal."

A complete list of events for the weekend is as follows:

Friday
Rock Stage (Gates open at 4 p.m.)
9:15 p.m. - Warrant
7:30 p.m. - Firehouse
6:00 p.m. - Nowake

Saturday
Country Music Night (Gates open at 2 p.m.)
9:15 p.m. - Travis Tritt
7:30 p.m. - David Lee Murphy
5:30 p.m. - Pryor & Lee
3:00 p.m. - Rough Ryders

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