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Business owners prepare for annual Balloon Classic

Preparing for Balloon Classic, bracing for changes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Days away from the 37th annual Balloon Classic, businesses around Memorial Park are preparing for a busy weekend and bracing for some changes.

This year, the Colorado Springs Police Department decided to close Pikes Peak Avenue from South Union Boulevard to South Hancock Avenue and Union Boulevard from Pikes Peak Avenue to Eastlake Boulevard.

"We'd rather that didn't happen because it's harder for our customers to find us," Tim Burke said.

Burke is the owner of Ethan's Room Skate Shop on Pikes Peak Avenue. His wife owns Burke, a graphic design company located in the same area. She wasn't happy with the news of the road blocks either. She lets drivers park outside the business for a fee that weekend.

"I was very concerned at first, because we really do depend on that traffic to make a little extra money," Rita Burke said.

Still, the Burkes are hopeful they'll be OK. They said during the Fourth of July, Pikes Peak Avenue was closed and things worked out. Customers were able to get to their parking lot through the alley. They're also counting on foot traffic. They said the Balloon Classic always boosts sales.

"Whenever there's any kind of event going on at the park, we do really well here in the store," Tim Burke said. "It just brings a lot of attention, a lot of business to the area."

The Balloon Classic festivities begin Saturday morning and go on through Monday morning. KRDO NEWSCHANNEL13 is a sponsor of the event.

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