As Illinois kicks off the worlds largest outdoor food festival, Eastern Washington’s claim to fame, Spokane Hoopfest, begins Friday.Every year at this time, the City of Spokane and basketball fans from all over are thrown into a tizzy. Restaurant owners schedule extra staff to handle the crowds. People travel from all over to compete. Spokane Hoopfest is the worlds largest three-on-three basketball tournament. Spokane is commonly referred to as a mid-size metro and has a population of about 450,000 in the city and surrounding areas. However, that number grows significantly during Spokane Hoopfest. Basketball enthusiasts book hotel rooms months in advance. Although some Spokane residents chose to stay home to avoid the crowds, Spokane Hoopfest brings in a huge influx of instant money for hotels, retailers, restaurants and plenty of other businesses.
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