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Some businesses say they didn't see an increase in sales during derby weekendSubmitted: 01/21/2019
Adriana Michelle
Adriana Michelle
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Some businesses say they didn't see an increase in sales during derby weekend
EAGLE RIVER - You would think the snowmobile derby would bring more business to shops, restaurants, and hotels to Eagle River, but some of them didn't see much of an impact.

The owners at Bridgewater Inn Eagle River said most of their visitors stayed for vacation rather than the derby, even though the motel is just feet away from the tracks.

"We were not as busy as we would have liked to have been. We had several race teams here, but we normally get a lot more snowmobilers than we had this weekend," said owner Marvin Radolff.

Another business owner in the area said he didn't see much traffic until later in the evenings during the weekend.




However, there is a bit of an increase anytime a big event like the derby comes to the Northwoods.

"Each of the events that our sister communities, whether it be St. Germaine or Minocqua, there's a carryover to everyone in the area," said Riverstone Restaurant owner Ron Meinholz.

Both owners of the businesses said they enjoy people coming to Eagle River for the championships, but would love to see even more business come their way next year.

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