MASON CITY, Iowa - The PGI Convention is creating a boom beyond the noise of the fireworks; it's helping boost local businesses.
Businesses like restaurants and hotels are seeing great sales and customer numbers; in fact, some are saying this week may be the biggest week of the year for them. Hotel rooms in town are mostly, if not all, booked through the rest of the week.
Mike Mosher lives near Cedar Rapids, and came to the convention on Sunday.
He says that it's convenient having the convention so close to home.
"About 2 hours 45 minutes, give or take depending on which way I go."
And since he's been in town, he spends money at nearby businesses.
"I try to hit the restaurants. Just a little bit ago, had to run to the farm store...and apparently I can't count, so I had to get some more posts."
Benjamin Alberto is the owner of Las Palmas, and is always happy when PGI comes to town.
"People like to sit here on the patio. They're already calling in to see if they can get it reserved. And people want to sit out here and have a nice cold margarita and watch the fireworks."
And like Alberto, Mosher hopes that the convention will return to Mason City in the future.
"Mason City is a good venue, nice central location, kinda centralized for everybody."
About 2300-2500 people are expected to be in town throughout the week for the convention.
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