Canceled fall events provide another blow to Quincy businesses

Noble Horvath

QUINCY, IL (WGEM) – Events like Early Tin Duster and Oktoberfest usually bring large crowds to the downtown area. But due to COVID-19, those events have been canceled or postponed. Tin Dusters in Quincy in 2019. Officials from the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau said this will have a […]

QUINCY, IL (WGEM) – Events like Early Tin Duster and Oktoberfest usually bring large crowds to the downtown area.

But due to COVID-19, those events have been canceled or postponed.

Tin Dusters in Quincy in 2019.

Officials from the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau said this will have a larger impact on businesses that normally see a boost from these events.

The larger community may also lose revenue brought in by the events.

“These events are also bringing dollars to our local not for profits. Camp Callahan, Friends of the Trail, and Rotary Club kick back all of those dollars back into the community, so that’s going to be a loss going forward as well. We’ll be reeling from this for a few years,” said Holly Cain, Quincy Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director.

Cain added that smaller events like weddings being postponed has also lost significant money for local businesses like venues and caterers.

Oktoberfest in downtown Quincy in 2019.

Quincy tourism officials said because of COVID-19, they’re not sure when they’ll be able to start having events again.

For now, officials said they have tentatively planned larger events for the spring and summer and waiting to make decisions about events that were planned for the winter.

“Event-wise, I know a lot of our planners are talking about 2021. I know our Eagle Days in January is still up in the air. That’s a nice winter event for the Corp of Engineers and the Oakley-Lindsay Center. That one is up in the air because it’s so soon, but the majority of our events are planning for next year,” Cain said.

Officials are hoping to bring in more tourism in Adams County by encouraging visitors to take advantage of outdoor areas, especially during the upcoming hunting season.


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