Music Festival to Boost Local Economy

Published 07/17 2014 05:55PM

Updated 07/17 2014 06:12PM

PEORIA COUNTY – Thousands of people are flocking into town for the first-ever Country Life Music Festival. That means those thousands will be spending their time and money in Peoria County.
Out of all the festival tickets sold so far, only 27% were purchased locally.
That means nearly three-fourths of the fans will be relying on Peoria’s businesses to help with their stay.
“We’ve had people coming up from New Mexico. We’ve sold tickets from California, Florida, Nevada, a lot of people out of the Chicago area are coming out,” Brad Maloney, the festival’s promoter, said.
And all these out-of-towners also need a place to stay.
“It’s not going to be easy getting a hotel room around here this weekend,” Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said.
Hotels near the Shoppes of Grand Prairie are heavily booked. Candlewood Suites says they are completely sold out for the weekend.
Mayor Ardis says between gas, hotels and food, millions of dollars will be spent in Peoria County, boosting the local economy.
Jubilee College State Park is also getting a boost. The park is a part of the festival’s camping.
Judy and Bob Moore are the campground hosts, and they say this is a great chance for people to come check out the park they might not have otherwise known about.
“My husband and I are excited about it because, you know, we’re going to get to meet other people, plus, you know, let them come in and see how Jubilee is taken care of,” Judy said.
The park has about 130 spots but only have about 40 left for this weekend, and they plan to have some security officers patrolling the campgrounds.
“We want you to come out, not get too rowdy, but enjoy yourself because that’s the main thing when you’re out camping: just enjoy yourself,” she said.
A shuttle is running between the festival and the camping grounds to pick up and drop off concert-goers.

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