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Hodag boosts business in the Northwoods

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RHINELANDER (WAOW) -

Organizers said this year's Hodag Country Festival has been a big success.

Business owners in Rhinelander said the thousands of people who attend, provide a big boost during the crucial summer tourism season.

It's been a weekend full of music at the Hodag Country Music Festival and people from across the nation came to experience it all in Rhinelander.

"Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and we have people who have flown in from Nevada, Florida, Alabama," said Dixie Neiuwenhuis, Festival Coordinator.

Campsites were set up for the country music celebration.

Some, like Diane King's, for an entire week before the music even started.

"We were parked first in line, outside the gate waiting to come in," said King.

At each site, grills, coolers and plenty of food.

"We basically go to town, go to the store, go to Trig's, wherever, and we get brats and everything to tide us over," said King.

Event organizers said there have been more than 20,000 people at the festival each day, and they said that has brought a lot of business to the area.

"It's been crazy, absolutely crazy, this morning we served 310 people for breakfast, that's twice what we normally do," said Mark Gutteter, Rhinelander Cafe and Pub Owner.

Gutteter said the music festival has boosted business by at least 25%.

"We beef up the staffing, everyone that's available to work is on the schedule at some point to work during the weekend," said Gutteter.

He said this is the time of year, when businesses in the Northwoods break even.

"People start coming into town earlier in the week, and it makes it the busiest week of the year," said Gutteter.

Back on the Hodag grounds, fans said this year's festival has been a success.

And organizers agree.

"We'll close everything up for this year and start getting the acts lined up and get things ready for next year," said Neiuwenhuis.

Hodag wraps up Sunday evening with fan favorite Neil McCoy at 7:00 p.m.

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