Eagle River business booms from Snowmobile Championships
EAGLE RIVER (WAOW) -
Business in Eagle River is booming from people going to the World Snowmobile Championships.
People like Stacy Solomonson were there ready to cheer on the racers. Solomonson's son is one of them.
"He races stock kitty cat, amateur 120, stock 120, improve kitty cat, and vintage," said Solomonson of Princeton, Minn.
It's her first time at the derby, but her and her family already love the event.
"We love it,” she said. “I think it's something the family can do all together."
When her family isn't at the track, they're enjoying what Eagle River has to offer, and local businesses are feeling the rush.
"Business has been booming,” said Regina Grunden, an attendant at the Eagle River Inn and Resort. “It's a big difference when they're not here versus when they are here."
Workers at the resort say it's one of the busiest weekends of the year.
"This weekend I'd say we're about three fourths full," said Grunden.
They say all the businesses in the area benefit.
"It gives us something to look forward to,” said Grunden. “It's been extremely busy you know there's people to talk to, you hear their stories you know there's just more life."
The Flour Sack is just one place where snowmobilers can eat after hitting the track. Owners say events like the tournament always bring a flood of customers.
"We always see an increase in traffic when we get so many people in town,” said Jackie Kolling, The Flour Sack owner. “Any activity that comes to town and brings people is good for anyone who has a business here."
Visitors like Solomonson are already planning on returning for next year's tournament.
"It will definitely be on our list of things to do," she said.
These local businesses also hope even more snowmobilers will be flooding their stores next year too.
The World Championship Snowmobile race will continue in Eagle River until Sunday.