Several Somerset businesses have reported that their summer seasons have been slower than last year.

Two things are to blame: the weather and the economy.

The Holiday gas station and convenience store is located just off the Village Park - a place where the tubing customers leave the Apple River.

"The weather has been awful," said Crystall Ruff, general manager at Holiday. "We used to have lines outside the store. Even on holidays like July 4th - you couldn't tell it was a holiday weekend for us."

Dairy Queen, the place that River's Edge tubers meet the shuttle bus after leaving the river, said the summer has been slow.

"It's been very quiet," said Janielle Sutherlands, supervisor at Dairy Queen. "People are being very careful about what they spend. They are looking at package deals a lot more. Plus the weather has not been very hot."

Even the local bars concur.

An employee at Sportsman's Bar on the corner of Main and Spring streets said the influx of people has not been up to the standards of last year.

Neighbors - the newly formed bar that is under new management inside MacDaddy's - reported that their business has also tapered off this past season.

There are two main tubing/camping facilities in the Somerset area: Float-Rite Park and River's Edge. Both were unavailable for comment.

Despite all this, tubing the Apple River still continues to draw some people from other areas.

Tami Janousek, a mother from Plymouth, Minn., helped organize 32 moms and children to float the river in early August.

"We just came down for the day," Janousek said. "We heard weekdays are best for children."

Some people tube the river because of the memories.

"I was raised in Minnesota and came to the Apple River as a kid," said Milton Johnson, now a resident of Los Angeles. "I decided it would be fun to come back."

"We did this years ago when I was a kid," said Leslie Combs, a resident from Seattle, Wash. "I saw online that Mondays and Tuesdays were slower days, and I thought it would be fun to do with my daughter."

Olivia, her 9-year-old daughter, nodded enthusiastically.

"My favorite part was the rapids," she said.