Bike and Hike Weekend brings business to Amana Colonies
AMANA, Iowa (KCRG) -The Amana Colonies Visitor’s Bureau says they’ve had to postpone several of their big summer events like Take a Bite and the Wurst Festival due to COVID-19. As a result, they’re getting a lot less business than normal.
“In June in particular the traffic was down probably 50%, so we had about half of what we normally would have,” says David Rettig, Executive Director of Convention and Amana Colonies Visitor Bureau.
The Bike and Hike Weekend is and event organizers say didn’t need many changes for people to be able to safely social distance. Millstream Brewery’s “Tour de Brew” is usually the main event for the weekend, but this year it was cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns.
“We didn’t feel, as business owners it would be responsible of us to have 300 bicycles and and people gathering in that much of a crowd. Which does drop numbers for brewery and the restaurant,” says Theresa Albert, co-owner of Millstream Brewery.
Albert says the businesses is still seeing the increase in customers they hoped for this weekend. The Millstream Brau Haus is social distancing tables and encouraging outdoor seating in order to keep staff and customers safe. Albert says they’ve seen a lot of support from the community that’s helped keep them open during the pandemic.
The Amana Colonies is working to be able to put on more of its traditional events safely.
The Visitors Bureau says 90% of Amana’s businesses are open...with some requiring masks...and all promoting social distancing.
Details on upcoming events can be found at https://amanacolonies.com/.
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