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By Tyler Clarke
Good luck finding accommodations in Brandon this weekend, because local hotels are booked solid.
Clarion Hotel and Suites sales manager Patrick McGriskin said that this weekend’s rooms have been booked solid for a couple months and that many other local hoteliers are reporting similar results.
On Saturday, Victoria Omozuwa from Day’s Inn and Suites also reported that their building has no vacancies.
This weekend marks a quadruple whammy of major events taking place in Brandon, including the Western Canadian Junior AAA Baseball Championship, the Western Canadian Under-16 Girls’ Softball Championship, the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships and the start of the Canadian National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show.
Big weekends like these often find hotels/motels from the United States border to Portage la Prairie fill up with guests, McGriskin said.
While the Super 8’s receptionist in Portage la Prairie didn’t report any inquiries from people unable to find lodging in Brandon on Saturday, the Virden Comfort Inn and Suites reported "a bunch" of calls from people attending events in Brandon they had to turn down because there weren’t any vacancies.
Local restaurants are also reporting an influx of clients this weekend, with Applebee’s general manager Robyn Whalen almost doubling this weekend’s complement of staff to keep up with the demand.
Situated across the street from the Keystone Centre, where the horse show is taking place, she said that the annual event serves as an economic boon to the restaurant.
"We probably boosted our sales by 30 per cent yesterday," she said on Saturday, adding that this was primarily because the horse show’s participants began arriving early in order to set up for the events, which are scheduled to begin on Sunday.
With the event taking place throughout the week, Whalen said that she anticipates adding shifts to the restaurant for several more days.
Events such as these are "extremely important" to the restaurant she said, adding; "They feed our pockets."
For more on this story, read Monday’s edition of the Brandon Sun.
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