The summer season is long gone, but thousands of people packed Saratoga Lake this weekend for the annual Head of the Fish Regatta. As YNN's Erin Moran reports, restaurants and hotels were thankful for the business
SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Thousands head to Saratoga Lake for the 28th annual "Head of the Fish" Regatta this weekend.
More than 2,000 boats from all across the East Coast, and even Canada, were braving high winds and cold temps during the two day event.
According to Regatta Director Chris Chase, more than 9,000 people were racing, and he says that between racers and their dedicated family members and friends, Saratoga County and surrounding areas, saw upwards of 15,000 people this weekend.
Chase says this is the end of the racing season, so lots of people wanted to come out this weekend, bringing a big business boost to local restaurants and hotels.
"I had people calling me all last week looking for hotel rooms and a friend of mine owns a hotel in Lake George and he said that there was one hotel in Lake George that still had rooms. And I know a lot of the teams are staying in Albany and Schenectady. So I figure every hotel room in Saratoga County is filled up and they're spreading out," said Chris Chase, Regatta Director.
Local restaurants also got to set up shop right in the middle of the Regatta traffic, selling warm food and drinks to the thousands watching the races in the cold.
Business owners say it's nice to have a weekend with income like this during the fall season.