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F1 fever spreads to Bastrop

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Formula 1 fever is being felt in Bastrop. The city hopes race fans will spend a little bit of time and money there this weekend.

"We want to show what a great experience you can have in Bastrop," said Dave Quinn, the director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation. Quinn assembled a

F1 task force of business owners and together they are working to roll out the red carpet.

"We are not expecting everyone but a fair share will come and enjoy it and maybe want to come back," explained Quinn.

Almost all of the rooms at Jonathan Adam's Holiday Inn Express in Bastrop are booked. As the general manager, he made sure renovations were complete ahead of this weekend for the international guests who are staying at his hotel.

"Staffing levels have been changed and it is all hands on deck," said Adam.

Race weekend is opening new doors for Lee Harle who owns Bastrop River Company. His business isn't exactly booming at this time of the year. During the summer months he shuttles customers to the river with kayaks and floats. This weekend, after getting a few new permits, he will be operating the city's first local transit system.

"I'm using my fleet of vehicles and have drivers hired," Harle said. Businesses purchased small ads on brochures that visitors receive in a welcome bag. That money is paying for local shuttle service so visitors have a way around town free of charge.

Deborah Johnson hopes the shuttles drop guests off at her art gallery off main street.

"We have increased our western art and we want people to take home a flavor of Texas and Bastrop," said Johnson.

While Quinn will have to wait on the hard numbers he expects race weekend will make November a good month for Bastrop.

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