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Thousands head to Minocqua for 4th of July


The 4th of July weekend is here and that means millions of people are traveling. A popular destination in our area is the Northwoods.

Thousands of travelers poured into Minocqua to celebrate.

"It's definitely the biggest weekend of the summer by far," said Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Baltus.

Business leaders and workers say it's a weekend they look forward to all year.

"We get a lot of out-of-towners from out of state. I just got someone from out of the country," said Thirsty Whale waitress Victoria Parus.

Employees at the Thirsty Whale Restaurant tell us they even had a customer from Nigeria.

"We're learning a lot of different stories, a lot of different people. It's fun," said Parus.

Tourism leaders say the population of the Minocqua triples during the holiday weekend, providing a big boost to the local economy.

"People have a wide variety of places they can stay, we certainly offer a wide variety of restaurants and some shopping that is really unique to the Northwoods," said Baltus.

Marina owners say their business is booming with boat sales as many hit the water.

"We have some cabins around skunk lake, so we just came into Minocqua and go boating and then just hang out for the day. Have a little break, get some sun," said Tracey Gehin from Belleville.

Others tried to score a hole in one at mini-golf.

"Just getting out and about and doing things with the family," said Jerry Kolpacki of Schofield.

No matter the activity, travelers are certainly finding ways to enjoy themselves this holiday weekend.

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