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Colorado Prairie Music Festival Brings $300,000 into Lincoln County’s Economy
Limon, CO August 9, 2017—The first Annual Colorado Prairie Music Festival, held Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 in Limon, Colorado, had a big economic impact according to the Lincoln County Tourism board, generating nearly $300,000 in sales for Lincoln County over the weekend and bringing thousands of dollars in tax revenue back to the county.
“We are very happy with the results of the first annual Colorado Prairie Music Festival,” President of the Lincoln County Tourism Board Apryl Huelskemp said. “The event generated great sales for Lincoln County and brought in people from 12 states and from all over Colorado.”
The Turnpike Troubadours headlined the Colorado Prairie Music Festival with a Friday night concert at the old Limon Salebarn. Texas music phenom Braydon Zink, a rising country star originally from Colorado, opened on Friday night. On Saturday, the Limon Rotary hosted an Eastern Colorado Veteran’s War Memorial benefit concert also at the old Limon Salebarn. The Limon Chamber of Commerce followed up with free music by the Army’s 101st Airborne Division Band Gaskill Field and the biggest fireworks show in Eastern Colorado.
“Events like the Colorado Prairie Music Festival help generate economic activity for our community,” Stanley Florek, owner of the Safari Inn in Limon said. “Many visitors came to town, spent money on hotel rooms, restaurants and entertainment. We were delighted to be sold out that weekend.”
Lincoln County, Colorado’s tourism efforts helped stimulate the economy and enrich its residents. Nearly 1,000 people attended the Colorado Prairie Music Festival, spending an average of $400. Most hotels’ rooms were sold out, restaurants were full and the concert was well attended.
“The Rotary had more than $8,300 in beer sales over the weekend which helps us as we raise funds for an Eastern Colorado Veteran’s War Memorial,” Charlie Kendrick, President of the Limon Rotary said. “We have already raised nearly $30,000 and hope to reach our goal of $300,000 over the next 18 months. One gentleman who attended the concert was so impressed by the music and the cause he donated $25,000 to our efforts.”
Construction on the war memorial is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. Contributions may be mailed to: Your Community Foundation for the Eastern Colorado Veterans War Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 9, Limon, CO 80828.
For more information, visit www.seelincolncounty.com