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EDC means big money for some businesses

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The 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival drew more than 110,000 people to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last June. (© Erik Kabik/ erikkabik.com) The 2012 Electric Daisy Carnival drew more than 110,000 people to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last June. (© Erik Kabik/ erikkabik.com)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Autam Nguyen is one of thousands who will be heading to the Electric Daisy Carnival, or EDC, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.

"I've been looking forward to going this year, the whole year," Nguyen said.

To pick out her outfits, she's come to VaVoom to spend some serious cash.

"I need outfits for all three days, so a couple of hundred dollars," Nguyen said.

"It's very important to us, it's a big part of our year," said Dave Dion, VaVoom's owner.

Dion says next to Halloween, EDC week is one of the biggest money makers for him all year.

"We have tutus, we have boot covers," Dion said.

But so far he said business has been slower this year.

"This year is ... not as crazy. Although we're still a couple of days away from the event," Dion told FOX5.

Still, organizers said the festival is expected to bring in some big crowds.

Attendance last year was 320,000. This year it's sold out at 345,000 tickets.

According to Chief Marketing Officer Bryan Allison with Vegas.com, already hotels are filling up.

"It's raising the room rates during a normally softer time of year, and if you think about it, you're exposing a bunch of people who aren't the normal demographic of Las Vegas to all the city has to offer," said Allison.

A study by Beacon Economics LLC found that last year's EDC brought in $207 million into the Clark County economy.

Although last year high winds forced organizers to shut down the event Saturday night, Nguyen said that didn't discourage her from buying a ticket this year.

"I still feel very safe going this year because I know that if something does happen, they're just going to have everything under control," Nguyen said.

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