Mixed Numbers for food, Hotels Bayfest Weekend

Mixed Numbers for food, Hotels Bayfest Weekend

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Sunday night wrapped up the Bayfest music festival. Organizers had to cancel or push back a few acts because of the threat of tropical storm Karen, but that didn’t scare away too many people.

There are hardly any traces left of what is Alabama’s largest music festival. Right up there was where the Miller stage used to be and right where I’m standing, thousands of folks stood this weekend to watch acts like R. Kelly and The Isley Brothers.

And while thousands turned out Saturday night, hotel managers tell us there were a good number of people were spooked by the potential threat of Tropical Storm Karen and what havoc she could have wreaked on the weekend’s festivities.

“We got a real bad hit the first day when the announcement came out of the possible tropical storm/hurricane, we had quite a rush of cancellations,” says Maura Garino with Holiday Inn and the Admiral Semmes.

Hotels downtown were off 25% of their projections. But some people say the festival is just too good an opportunity to miss.

“Knew the storm was coming but what happened was it was so enjoyable from last year and convenient, and then the safety of it all, I know the area that I was coming to, and the hotel I was staying at and I knew it was a very safe and secure place,” says Gina Bourgeois, who drove from Houma, Louisiana.

People reportedly came in from Texas, Louisiana, California, even Washington State. I reached out to Bayfest organizers but they say they needed a couple days to figure out where they stand, but they did say they sold more tickets this year than last year. A few restaurants downtown reported very good numbers over the weekend, others say they were actually down by as much as 11%.

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