Firefly music festival to have huge economic impact on local businesses

In just a couple of days thousands of people will be flying over to the music festival of the year in Dover camping out in tents, and enjoying every moment of the the four day event. And businesses say they're ready for the crowds.

"It is kind of a crazy week of the summer but we love it," said the Hilton Garden Inn general manager Cliff Weber.

As event organizers finish preparing for this years firefly music festival, local businesses are also preparing their stores and staff for the massive crowds that will soon take over the area.

"We're anxiously awaiting the bulk of the check-ins. We have a few that have already come in but most people arrive on Thursday," said Weber.

Businesses say they've been preparing their employees all week for the four day event that could potentially draw up to 90,000 music fans to the first state.

"I'm getting them focused on just making sure we give good customer service, making sure everyone leaves here satisfied," said MOD Pizza general manger Stephon Toran.

"We usually have team huddles, let everybody know what to expect and we always review the prior years' stuff and kind of make determinations on the staffing and things from that," said Weber.

And with the festival just two days away, some places are already seeing an influx in business.

"Most of our reservations are already in, we have a couple of reservations left on Thursday but we are sold out for the weekend and have been for quite a while," said Weber.

Business officials add that the festival is one of the few major events that happen in Dover– and it's something that heavily impacts the local economy.
 

"In Dover there's only a couple of major events. You have the two nascar races, firefly, and then the Del state activities but, firefly, because of the length of it being a full four days is definitely the biggest driver in the community that we've seen," said Weber.

And with just 48 hours to go–businesses say they're ready to take on the customers.

"I'm getting them focused on just making sure we give good customer service, making sure everyone leaves here satisfied," said Toran.

The Firefly music festival starts this Thursday June 15th and is set to last until Sunday. Single day passes are still available for $130.
 

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