By: Jillian Wilson
Two hundred boats from seven different Midwest states made this year's Regatta the biggest yet.
Businesses in Downtown Moline cashed out.
"The first customer this morning at a quarter to 7 was going down to row and the last customer is waiting for her husband to join her right here," says Tom Lahl, the owner of Dead Poet's Espresso.
Throughout the day, folks from the race popped in to dead poet's espresso.
"Looking for a warm dry place and a cup of coffee I think," says Lahl.
Rowers that competed had one thing in mind when they reached the finish line.
"Eat, get warm, eat," says teammates from the University of Illinois's rowing team.
Places like River House were packed.
The manager had to work in the kitchen to accommodate everyone.
Lagomarcino's felt the rush of people too.
"Well today it's kind of a crumby day because it's so wet and everything, but as you can see we have a number of people in here," said Beth Lagomarcino, owner of Lagomarcino's.
This is the nineteenth year the Quad Cities has sponsored the US rowing event.
Tomorrow the rowing and spending will continue.