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America's River Festival brings thousands to Dubuque


The American River Festival is taking place this weekend in the port of Dubuque. This is the 9th year for the festival, which grows an increasingly larger crowed every year. This year in the lineup includes: Dierks Bently, Survivor, and Lynyrd Skynard. The Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau said they expect the festival will bring anywhere from 15,000- 18,000 people to the Dubuque area. Many of those staying in a hotel, eating at restaurants, and going to different attractions all helping boost the economy in Dubuque.

Keith Rahe is president of the Dubuque Convention and Visitor Bureau. He says this year the festival attracted many from out of state.

"This year we have seen an influx of people outside the area coming in for the entire weekend. Our ticket sales, we got sales from people from 17 different states and 230 different communities...Which is amazing." Rahe said.

Due to the festival, many hotels in the area are also almost at full occupancy.

The Grand Harbor Resort is located right in the Port of Dubuque, where the festival takes place. Phillip Vasquez is a Front Desk Associate for the Grand Harbor. He says the hotel is nearly fully occupied.

"We are almost at full occupancy right now and we have very limited rooms left but quite a few people from the event are staying here." Vasquez said.

The Dubuque Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes that this festival is just a starting point for people who visit Dubuque. They hope many return and tell their friends about what the Tri-states has to offer.

"All these people are going to go back to their communities and they are going to tell their friends, their neighbors, their families, their co-workers that you need to go to Dubuque, Iowa and the Tri-state area. It is a very special area we loved it there...That kind of marketing you can't put a price on." Rahe said.

The festival will continue at the Port of Dubuque for the rest of the weekend.

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