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Pensacon good for business
PENSACOLA -- It was the place to see anything science fiction and fantasy this weekend.
Pensacon brought in over 10-thousand fans to downtown Pensacola.
The creators have announced the event will take place again next year during the last weekend of February.
"Over the weekend thousands of people lined up at the Pensacola Bay Center trying to get into Pensacon to see their favorite stars, but how did it do for downtown businesses?"
It was the place to be. People all over town were buzzing about Pensacon..
More then 10-thousand people attended the three day event.
Cheri Hlubek had a front row seat to the action..
Her barbecue joint the Hot Spot had a booth outside the Bay Center.
They sold over 25-pounds of meat.
Cheri Hlubek "We kind of had a warm up on Friday and yesterday even in the rain there were a lot of people here and they were all excited and having fun that was the best part."
Some downtown businesses also benefitted.
The Tin Cow hosted the Walking Dead after party
Waitress Kenzie Green says over the weekend their businesses doubled.
Kenzie Green "Even yesterday on a Sunday when we're usually really slow we were really really busy."
World of Beer bartender Patrick Rollins worked all weekend and says the crowd was friendly.
And Gallery Night was a perfect way to end the first night of the con.
Patrick Rollins "It was busier then other Gallery Nights I've seen for a more concise amount of time, but it didn't last the entire night so we kind of died out earlier then I've seen some other Gallery Nights."
He says business was booming, Friday night
But sales seemed to slack off the rest of the weekend.
"They'll go out for maybe a beer they want to experience some of the events that maybe around they seem to be maybe a closely knit or more subdued group of individuals. I think you almost have to coax them out."
"Pensacon coordinators say they hope to make next years even bigger and better."