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Local Businesses Anticipate Artown

The 19th annual Artown festival is less than two months away and on Wednesday, organizers unveiled the more than 500 events offered through the month of July.

It's not just art enthusiasts who are eager for Artown, local businesses are also looking forward to it. 

"We know the arts make you feel good, but they're really good for business," said Beth Macmillan, Artown's Executive Director. "At Artown, we know that if you speak to anybody in downtown Reno, July is their Christmas."

It's an estimated $15 million impact to our area, and local businesses like the Wild River Grille and Campo can't wait for Artown to start.

"Oh, we love Artown," said Travis Wright, Wild River Grill Manager. "It's a great event for the whole community. It really benefits everybody, and the arts are great for the area."

"The great thing about it is it's seven nights a week, all month long," said Mark Estee, Campo Reno Chef and Owner. "We see a great stream of business of people coming down to see all the great events. It brings a lot of interest to Reno, and it shows that, really, there's a great culture going on down here."

Both of these restaurants see how much the festival impacts them.

"We definitely do see an increase in our numbers," Wright said. "I think everybody across the board does along the river front, and they have great events down there at the (Wingfield) park. It's a wonderful event for all of us."

"We might be able to look at somewhere about how does it directly affect us," Estee said. "I think we make about $6,000 to $7,000 a week more in sales that we do during Artown."

Macmillan says the festival has brought in many tourists over the past 19 years. Through a survey, she says an estimated 48,000 from out of town checked out Artown events last year.

"Artown was started for our community to enjoy their own backyard," she said. "But, tourism follows where it's something good, where the locals hang out."

This year, there's different events over the course of 32 days that people of all ages can get into.

"Lots of stuff in many genres and disciplines of arts," Macmillan said. "Music, and dance, and theater, and film, and historical stuff, and walking tours, and architecture and cultural celebrations."

Several of these events are going to be sponsored by KTVN Channel 2 News like the Rollin' On The River concert series at Wingfield Park. The music will continue with some big names coming to our area.

"Out at Bartley Ranch, we have many events too with Los Lonely Boys, and Jesse Cook, and Judy Collins and Don McLean," Macmillan said. "It's endless!"

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