Local businesses expect rush during Air Fest weekend

AirFest business impacts

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) -The sky won’t have all the traffic during the Cape Girardeau Regional Air Festival.

City officials expect 20,000 people in town for the show, and local businesses are planning for more people than usual.

“It’s all hands on deck for peak weekends like this,” said Ryan Gibson, Drury Hotels Area Sales Manager. “I think there’s a buzz around that and the community.”

He said the hotel’s all booked up in Cape Girardeau for the Air Festival and a few other events.

“Cause this is an entertainment hub. So there’s people from communities outside a thirty-mile radius that make this a destination weekend. They’ll hit our retailers and restaurants as well as go to the air show,” he said

“Well I think it’s great. Anytime you get a large number of folks around. It’s not only good for Sugarfire, but it’s good for the community," said Doug Lane, Sugarfire Smoke House Cape Girardeau Owner/Operator.

He said he’s also catering the VIP tent at the Air Festival.

“Anything we can do in the community is fun for us outside of just our store to get folks to sample our food that might not have had the chance to try us so far in Cape,” he said.

It also might give people a taste of the area.

“Events like this in this area helps us show what Southeast Missouri hospitality is all about,” said Gibson.

Even though both Gibson and Lane expect to be busy with business, they plan to catch some of the show.

“I think I’ll take the kiddos and bring some ear protection for my little girl,” said Gibson.

“I have four kids at home. I know they’re excited about seeing it. And the Blue Angels alone are going to bring folks of all different walks of life to the area. So I think it’s going to be really cool to see," said Lang.

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