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Birkie still an economic success in Hayward

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Even though the American Birkebeiner in Hayward was cancelled due to a lack of snow, it looks like the city didn't take too much of an economic hit.

According to the American Birkebeiner ski foundation, 10,000 skiers and spectators flooded the area, despite the lack of winter conditions.

That's compared to about 14,000 people who visit during a typical Birkie week.

Race and city officials say even though there were fewer people, the economic impact was still strong.

The problem has been the lack of visitors outside of Birkie week.

"You know, the big part of the Northwoods is people coming up and snowmobiling, and skiing, and being here. And with out the snow it's certainly, uh, it's felt," said Birkie Executive Director Ben Popp.

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