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Old 10-10-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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And tell us when was the last time Chicago had any national TV coverage Tom??

Every night when retro cable TV shows Untouchables and M Squad reruns.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:20 PM
 
Location: NOVA
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Here is my summary of the WEG events and yes, this is from first hand knowledge.

1) Hotels - they made out like bandits. Some might be disgruntled but some of the hotel profits should be spent back inside Lexington. The hotel staffs were run ragged but there wasn't anyone in the hotel business that didn't make more in the last two weeks than the last few months.

2) Souvenirs. So many shirts and jackets were sold that additional orders had to be emergency ordered to fill the gaps.

3) Downtown - although slow the first week, the 2nd week proved quite well and the crowds were relatively content.

There were many bus companies that did well too and we're all aware the cabbies had some problems the first week. Everyone can argue that the WEG did or didn't end up as they predicted but Lexington ended up better for hosting this international event than if they passed on it 4+ years ago.
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Old 10-13-2010, 05:35 AM
 
Location: The Beautiful Bluegrass!
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The ripple effect for the outer towns was also very good. The restaurant that we frequent in Paris was certainly feeling the effects from the Games, by the time we got there on the last Saturday night! And isn't that what the area wanted??

And frankly, if the area is going to appeal to anyone it's going to be horsepeeps?! Wouldn't we rather see these huge farms that are for sale end up in other horsepeople's hands than go to developing? Whatever size the spotlight, it was a very good thing for the area!!
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