Large turnout at the Madison Regatta - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Large turnout at the Madison Regatta

Just about everyone is feeling the pain at the pump, but there is an upside to $4 gasoline. A lot of people are spending their money closer to home at events like the Madison Regatta.

Joe Hertz, Madison Regatta Inc. says, "Our R-V park is full, our VIP section is full, our corporate area is full and our general admission pre-sales are up 35%."

He says rising gas prices have jetted regatta attendance full speed ahead, which may be the only good flowing from gas pumps these days.

Hertz says, "People are trying to stay a little closer to home. It's actually helping us which good for us not so good for disney world."

Jean Skirvin, from Madison, IN says, "It's been 6 or 8 years since we've been to the Regatta." Skirvin and her husband Don usually go camping for the July 4th weekend, but not this year.  Don Skirvin says, "We talked about it and thought well can't afford no vacation so we'll just come here."

Filling up a minivan and an F-150 truck is too much for the Skirvin's to do a lot of traveling and having the Madison Regatta in their backyard also helps out a little too.  Jean Skirvin says, "We live downtown so we can walk don't have to spend any gas."

Coolers are allowed at the Regatta which is just one more way folks can save money by bringing their own food and drinks.  Don Skirvin says, "You have music, fireworks show it's worth $20." But for some families the $20 admission fee along with gas prices and food all added up, but a little planning goes a long way.

Erin Anderson, race fan says, "Start putting an extra five, $10 a week back just for that because you know that it's going to keep going up and up and up just try to prepare for it the best you can."

The Anderson's are big race fans, they usually follow the circuit, but the Madison Regatta will be their last race this year thanks to the price at the pump.

Anderson says, "Up to the Detroit race, the race after here we're probably not going to make that."

The Governor's Cup race will begin at 4 Sunday afternoon. Admission is $25.

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