Electric Daisy Carnival big money maker for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A festival all about electronic dance music might not be everyone's idea of fun, but there is no denying Electric Daisy Carnival makes southern Nevada a lot of money.

Last year, EDC pumped $278 million into the economy. It is not just from hotel rooms.

Farrihn Enos and Sherrie Roy are looking for the perfect ensemble to go with Indian headdresses they bought online to wear to music festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

They live in Las Vegas and don't need to spend money on a hotel, but they've already broken out their wallets for EDC.

"At least, like, $600 each, so far yeah," they said.

Last year's EDC brought in 345,000 people. The party goers provided $25 million for hotels, $45 million for food, and $11 million for stores.

Vice president of Halloween Mart Heather George says many businesses do whatever they can to cater to the unique crowd.

"We definitely change the music. We also have some offers going out where you make a purchase and get a free glow in the dark bracelet," George said.

She estimates her store does 10 times the business the week before EDC than a usual week. So far, this week they've sold 150 leg warmers and 175 tutus.

"It's our second Halloween. It's our second busiest time," George said.

For Enos and Roy, it will be there first year at EDC, but it is an event that local businesses look forward to all year.


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