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#MiniAbe Tours Around the Illinois QCA

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MiniAbe is traveling across the state of Illinois promoting tourism, which state officials say save the average household $1,100 in taxes a year from tourism revenue.

Yesterday MiniAbe hit the Rock River with the Backwater Gamblers, today he spent the afternoon at the John Deere Pavilion show casing what the QCA has to offer.

MiniAbe rode tractors, sat on a combine and had a photo session with his fans, showing what the QCA is all about and bringing people together.

Like this family...

"We are visiting our family that we haven't seen in 30 years, so we're getting re-acquainted with my family out here," said Jennifer Guido, visiting from Texas.

She said she's excited to visit with her family and explore the Mississippi River.

"Seeing a different way of life, so we're very excited to be here," said Guido.

She's part of over 103 million people who visit Illinois each year, generating $33.5 billion for the Illinois economy.

"Tourism is a great economic generator for the Quad Cities and very important to our local economy," said Jessica Waytenick from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Travelers to the QCA bring in $800 million a year to the local economy and new attractions in the area, keep bringing people back.

"We're very thankful to our family because they continue to re-introduce the Quad Cities to us with all the new developments taking place, the parks, the activities, geared toward children especially," said Darcée Moreno visiting from Florida.

Something Jessica Waytenick said is part of the charm of the QCA and they're trying to show with MiniAbe.

"They come here for a little bit and they're like, you know we really could have stayed three more days and had plenty of things to do," said Waytenick.

MiniAbe will be in town for the rest of the week, going to as many QC destinations as he can. His next stop will be in Quincy, Illinois.

But for now, some families here in the Quad Cities are looking forward to vacationing in their own back-yards.

"They like the Mississippi we might go in the Channel Cat and take a little ride on the Mississippi," said Mary Thompson local in the Quad Cities. "They said that when they crossed the Mississippi, they're like wow this is a river."

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