Gas Prices May Impact Jazz Jubilee

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gene Berthelsen is the jubilee’s executive director. He told Sacramento City Council members this week that reservations are down from out-of-town visitors who drive to the festival in their recreational vehicles. 

"Our early money comes from RVers who are driving 7 mile a gallon RVs into town and we’re not getting the early orders from those that we would hope for." 

Last year, 70,000 people attended the jubilee. 

The event typically brings in around $20 million to the local economy from tourists staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and shopping at stores. 

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the jazz jubilee. The four-day event runs during Memorial Day Weekend…from May 23rd to the 26th.