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Published June 16, 2012, 08:41 PM

"Quake the Lake" brings in big business to Detroit Lakes

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- If you have a need for speed, Detroit Lakes is the place to be. The sixth annual Quake the Lake is back, and that means big business for the area.

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) -- If you have a need for speed, Detroit Lakes is the place to be. The sixth annual Quake the Lake is back, and that means big business for the area.

Sasha Peterson hasn't stopped all day, serving up hot coffee and breakfast to all of the extra customers brought in by the Fast event.

Sasha Peterson - Server: "I like it when your in the rush. Anyway, you know it's fun, I don't know, I like to be in the rush."

Peterson has worked in the restaurant for three years, and it's weekends like this that make up for the brutally slow winters.

Sasha Peterson: "Usually people do tip pretty well when they are having a good weekend. You know they are having fun, and it's fun outside and, yea they do, for better moods they do tip a little bit better."

Fifteen percent is a typical tip, but, like Peterson says, when the sun is shining and those moods are high the tips seem to jump to the 20% range.

Sasha Peterson: "I'll just say like $100 on a weekend in a day, and maybe I'll make like $150 because there is an event. You know, it does add in, it does bring in a lot more."

It isn't only servers who are hitting it big this weekend..the hotel is booked and half of those guests are racers and their families.

Jeff Jasperson - Hotel General Manager: "I had somebody yesterday talk about it feels like the Fourth of July here, so we're starting summer early, and so no, it absolutely kicks off summer."

General Manager Jeff Jasperson says this event is one of the biggest for the hotel, and this year is even bigger and better. He has to increase staff to keep up with the demand.

Jeff Jasperson: "We are becoming better at hosting the event, and so our parking is better coordinated, our front desk is better coordinated, our food and beverage staff are better coordinated. It's working well."

Jasperson hopes to host the event every year.

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