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Mumford And Sons Concert Benefits Dixon


It's one of the biggest parties Dixon has ever had.

Mumford and Sons sold all 15-thousand of its concert tickets in hours.

And Dixon's two hotels and campgrounds were booked up even quicker.

Leaving the cash strapped city hoping to hit the jackpot on the tourism dollar.

Dixonite Amanda Fish says, "This is actually pretty good, fun, I mean there's so much to see and offer."

Fish says it's great they landed a concert like Mumford and Sons. And she says the city is handling it rather well.

"I actually thought it was going to be crazy at first and so far its been pretty tame, Dixon's handled it fairly well."

Opinions city leaders like to hear.

"This is like doubling the population of this community," says Dixon City Commissioner Colleen Brechon.

She says seeing all these people on downtown streets is wonderful. It's lively, and because a percentage of every purchase helps fund the city.

"If someone comes in here and purchases something, the sales tax alone is going to bring in a large amount of money which Dixon needs," says Brechon.

Business owners have been prepping for this day. Maria's Pizza is staying open late tonight. Expecting to feed a hungry post concert crowd.

"We make everything fresh here, so we doubled up on all the stock," says Vince Mazzarisi.

And the art gallery is pulling in cash too.

"We've sold art, I've got tickets in my hand, sold concert tickets, to the concerts coming up and the economic impact just to us alone has been fantastic," says Executive Director Bonnie Kime.

The tourists also help lift the area beyond Dixon. Hotels throughout Lee County have been booked solid. And the hotel motel tax that's collected is spent throughout the county. Making Fish's purchase of the hottest ticket in town, "I had a friend, he told me when they were going on sale and when to save the date to come back to Dixon."

The hottest receipt for Lee County.

City leaders won't know how much money flowed into Dixon until the receipts are counted, but estimates are at one point five million dollars.

Some of that going to security.

Any extra money the City makes will go to charities and non-profits in town.

The band and production company are also making donations.

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