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People in the Northwoods bid farewell to tourists

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) -

It's the last unofficial day of summer, and that means an end to the busy tourism season in the Northwoods.

Business owners there say most of the money they make during the summer comes from tourists, which makes it that much harder to see them leave.

"This is our way of saying goodbye to our summer visitors," said Laurie-Jean Stellberg, Owner of the Little Musky.

About 50 people gathered in front of Little Musky in the Northwoods to wave goodbye to the tourists, who've helped keep business going for the past three months.

"This is a tradition, the tourists up here keep the economy going and we have to have those tourists up here because there's not enough locals to keep all these find establishments in business if we don't have the tourists over the summer months," said Northwoods resident Bernie Bashynski.

So for 40 years, at the end of every summer, people in the Northwoods have waved goodbye. It's a way to give thanks to those who help boost the economy in Minocqua.

"Without the boost during the summer, most of us couldn't be here, it's a huge benefit to the economy," said Stellberg.

Minocqua is popular for its outdoors.

"We have so many lakes up here and so much to do we are just a very popular and affordable vacation destination," said Michael Johnson, Manager at Dan's Minocqua Fudge.

But business owners say their revenue drops by half, after tourists leave. They say it's tough to hold out until the next summer. But they do their best.

"Thank you for a wonderful year we're glad you came and we hope to see you next year and all the years to come," said Johnson.

Business owners know the tourists will be back, but it doesn't make it any easier now, as summer draws to a close.

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