Holiday events, festivals bring new customers to businesses


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Many head to Virginia Beach for the Memorial Day Weekend, whether it’s to relax or take advantage of all the area has to offer. Businesses owners and managers like to hear people are visiting Hampton Roads and the Resort City. In fact, many depend on it.

“We’ll get a good indication of how the summer will go with how busy we’re going to be for the entire summer,” said Mike Kinzel, a manager from Adventure Parasail and Rudee Inlet Jet Ski. “It looks like it’s going to be a real good summer the way that we started.”

Photos: Memorial Day at the Oceanfront

Another thing helping businesses over the holiday weekend are events hosted in Hampton Roads. Kinzelsaid they have seen business from the Steel Pier Classic and the Pungo Strawberry Festival.

“With as many events going on in the area it attracts many people from all over the country,” said Kinzel. “And in their free time, they need some extracurricular activities to do.”

People also need to eat, which is why food trucks from Eat The Streets 757 are setting up in the Virginia Beach Fishing Center or wherever they’re needed.

John Malbon, who runs the food truck for Malbon’s BBQ, says he and his employees spent the entire weekend at festivals and events. When the trucks are setting up at events, he said multiple trucks will be at the Oceanfront every day once school lets out.

“We’re going to go every day until Labor Day,” said Malbon.

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