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Virginia City Businesses Thrive During Street Vibrations

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Visitors often come to Virginia City for the history of the Comstock. But this week, it's all about the motorcycles. Many of the town's business owners say the Street Vibrations event makes this weekend the busiest of the year. As many as 30,000 people could make the trip up to the historic mining town, on Saturday, alone.

Deborah Anderson has been to the event before. The Stockton, Calif. resident says it's a big party. "Lots of fun people-watching, drinking and food and just the excitement of seeing everybody going up and down the street," Anderson said.

Locals say the annual event is a taste of controlled chaos.

"We're so busy we can't even look up," Connie Carlson, Silver Queen Hotel & Saloon owner said. "We hear a bunch of people hooting and hollering and we kind of know what they're doing out on the back of the motorcycles."

"Everybody has a good time," Marshall McBride, co-owner of Bucket of Blood Saloon said. "It's very festive. They spend a lot of money and they fill up every hotel room in town, the RV park, every bar and restaurant and all of the shops."

Old West music can usually be heard at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, but this weekend, they will bring in a live rock band for the biker crowd. "You would think with a bunch of bikers, it might be kind of rough and a lot of fights," McBride said. "None of that happens. Everybody is extremely courteous and if someone bumps into another person, usually both of them turn and apologize."

Some of them are already spending money like Twin Falls, Idaho resident Tiffany Hall. "Buying a lot of souvenirs, some shirts that we're getting right here, now," Hall said. "Food, maybe some beer."

The Silver Queen Hotel and Saloon is also seeing a spike in business. All 28 rooms are booked for the weekend. Carlson also owns Virginia City Baked Goods, right next door. She says she hopes people will spend plenty of money there, too. "Hopefully, baked goods," Carlson said. "We have the best biscuits and gravy you can ever want."

With so many people making the trip to Virginia City, officials hope this event can strengthen tourism throughout the year.

"Our goal is to come up here and give people a taste so they can step back in time, and take it back and share it with family and friends and say 'You gotta go to this place,'" Deny Dotson, Virginia City Tourism Director said. 

Business owners say Thursday is a little bit slow and that it's partly because of the weather but they're expecting big crowds this weekend as the temperature heats up.

Written by Paul Nelson
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