Old Shawneetown rallying for a rebound

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

OLD SHAWNEETOWN, IL (KFVS) - The flood waters have receded just in time for one of Old Shawneetown's biggest money making events, the annual street rally.

"This is going to be a boost in our pockets to get things up and going," said Mayor Chris Oldham.

"This is probably half our yearly income or more grossed by this street rally. We're patched together after all the flooding and damage to our roads. Hopefully everybody comes down and joins us, we'll have a good weekend and a good turn out."

Some bikers rolled into town early to get their tents set up and their bikes ready for the event.

And the food vendors are looking forward to a busy weekend too.

"I wasn't here last year because I couldn't make it. But two years ago it was really good," said Danny Lutz owner of Mr. Munchies,

"We're set up front on the street this year and they're aren't many food vendors down here this year, so it should be a lot better."

Some of the local bars are looking forward to the rally to help them make up for nearly a month of lost revenue due to the floods.

"It's gone the revenue is gone," said Tony Combs owner of the Hardware Bar & Grill.

"We're going to have 15-18 girls working the weekend so that helps the economy. This event is what normally gets us to the break even point in the year. Hopefully the people will show up."

Over the past two years the street rally in Old Shawneetown has averaged more than 8,000 people for the 3-day event.

It all gets started on July 14th and runs through July 16th. You must be 21-yers-old to attend the rally.

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