Duluth Businesses Prep for Tall Ships

Posted at: 07/24/2013 7:28 PM | Updated at: 07/24/2013 7:36 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

Canal Park was busy Wednesday, but Thursday the ships will be in Duluth and and Canal Park will be packed. Organizers say the amount of people coming to see the ships could rival state fair attendance.

With a front seat to the action on the big lake, Canal Park Brewing Company is prepping for their biggest weekend yet.

"Rain or shine you'll be able to see the ships right from either sitting at the bar or any of the tables through the windows or sitting out here," said head brewer Badger Colish.

Colish said they've been brewing beer for six weeks to meet the needs when the ships come. The growlers are filled, and the kitchen is ready to turn out their burgers.

"These guys are just chomping at the bit to cook stuff up serve plates and fill these seats and see if they can keep up," said Colish.

But after filling their stomachs, all those people need a place to lay their head. Hotels are booked throughout the city, including The Inn on Lake Superior in Canal Park.

General Manager Nikki Anderson said since they only have so many rooms to book, they prepare for the weekend a little differently.

"Honestly it's normal summer wear for us so we don't have to do anything extra," said Anderson. "We do have extra staff answering phones and in-house calls and then just extra staff on at night."

A lot of their work goes into answering questions.

"We've told everybody get here early, you might have to sit at the stoplight for 45 minutes," said Anderson.

Duluth police say those going to Canal Park should expect extreme traffic congestion. They suggest parking at the DECC or downtown and then walking to the festival.

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