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DE Businesses Revel In Firefly Economic Boom

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DOVER, Del. - On the final day of firefly, thousands filed into the festival-grounds in Dover, looking for one last  bit of excitement and good music.

While that's the main draw for a lot of the folks coming to firefly, for local businesses, it's all about the green!

At Raceway Liquor, about a mile from the Firefly grounds, business is up about 80 percent, says owner Dipik Patel, and they're not the only ones reveling in the revelry.

According to Governor Jack Markell, the more than 60-thousand visitors to Firefly last year brought in about $12 million to the First State.

The Patels say they're always excited for Firefly, but with 80-thousand expected this year, these shop owners were a little nervous.
"More bands, and more people was coming," says Dipika Patel, who owns the shop with her husband "we don't know what kind of people come."

Luckily, it's been a win-win.

While Business has been booming, crime has kept to a whisper, and on this fourth and final day of Firefly, there could be a reason for that.

People are just tired!

There's even a Twitter account dedicated to posting pictures of pooped partiers who have been here since day one.

So, concert-goers remember to pace yourself and get some rest.  "I woke up this morning at 6 o'clock and now I'm ready to go again," says Matthew from Atlanta, Georgia.

Firefly is a marathon...not a sprint.

Last week event organizers announced that the festival will be back next June for the fourth, and they're not wasting any time making money.  Tickets for 2015 go on sale Wednesday for $199, though the lineup hasn't yet been announced.

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