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Businesses in Minocqua get ready for busy holiday weekend

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MINOCQUA (WAOW) - Summer in Wisconsin is about to begin, and the holiday weekend means a flood of tourists for the Northwoods.

"That first three day weekend there's just something about it,” said Kim Baltus, the executive director for the Mincoqua Chamber of Commerce. “It really gets people in the mood."

Business owners are also getting in the mood. Owners at the Thirsty Whale in Minocqua are finally taking out their outdoor furniture. They say after the harsh winter, they couldn't be happier to begin setting up.

"We've had a late start because of all the cold weather, and we've been cleaning and painting and just perking up the building,” said Deanne Kidd, the owner of the Thirsty Whale.

Owners at another business, Wave Rentals, are also ready to get their boats out on the water.

"All the customers want their storage boats out ASAP, and the rental calls have been really good this year, way up from last year I believe," said Callie Weisman, the owner of Wave Rentals.

"They're ready to enjoy the outside and the warm weather," said Baltus.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, tourists in Oneida County spent more than $185 million in 2012. In 2013, it was more than $195 million. Officials say most of that business starts this weekend.

"All of a sudden, Memorial weekend is here, the unofficial kickoff to summer,” said Baltus. “So we're ready and very excited."

"The winter was so long, I think it's actually going to make it really a nice weekend, because everyone's so itching to get up north and have a good time," said Kidd.

A lot of outdoor events will kick off this Memorial Day weekend. For a look at those, click here.

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