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Summer business climate In Somerset aided by good weather

From a business standpoint, it was a pretty good summer.

Although the new SoundTown concert didn't have as high a numbers as the previous Country Splash or OzzFest, the weather was good enough to entice tourists to flock to the Apple River and Somerset.

"We had a great summer," said Patti Lepinski, manager of Super America gas station at 419 Main Str. "We had a lot of floaters, a couple of good concerts - it was a good year."

Apple River Family Campground, 345 Church Hill Road, is one of the newer campgrounds in the area. They reported a lot of repeat business.

"We had four- to five-fold of what we had last year," said Chris Barrera, manager of ARFC. "We even had several people come back five to seven times just this summer."

Barrera said that he thought the ARFC adding tubing and swim passes for its outdoor pool helped.

"Compared to the winter months, it was better," said Mary Wallace, owner of The Liquor Depot at 350 Main St. "When it started to get warm, people came out of the woodwork."

Faye Ring, owner of Rendezvous located at 220 Main St., said that although the summer weather cooperated, the business climate has changed over the last several years.

"The highway has affected us," said Ring, referring to Highway 65 diverting the traffic from downtown.

"But we're extremely ecstatic about the new owner of the amphitheater," she continued. "He seems very serious about building up and promoting the concerts.

"There should be a big turnaround next summer."