Football season is over for many local schools but playoffs are in high gear. That means traveling and spending money to watch and cheer on your team.
The second round of the Illinois High School Association state playoffs will take Peoria Richwoods to Morton. Some business owners say they look forward to these big sporting events.
The Morton Potters football team take on Richwoods Knights Saturday. One local restaurant employee says tournaments and playoffs like that bring in lots of visitors .
"Majority of the time it means extra business. Sometimes we'll even get the football teams or like the girls state basketball team. They came in, they'll come in after the game sometimes too," said The Downtown Diner Employee Ashley Adams.
The Downtown Diner owner says unlike bigger cities there are extra benefits to visiting smaller places.
"Snoop the stores, love the small town, everything is close and convenient," said The Downtown Diner Owner Jessie May.
Another business owner says for locals who have not visited Morton lately they're in for a surprise.
"Morton downtown has changed. A great deal of money has been spent on new parking. There's plenty of parking now, and there's new businesses in downtown Morton and we're hoping to draw more, said Bastas Restaurant Owner Sam Parrott.
This time of year Morton also is showcasing its biggest asset, pumpkins. It's known as the pumpkin capital of the world and there are plenty around.