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Friday on the Flint kicks off

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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany is trying to rev up downtown and draw more people to the heart of the city. "Fridays on the Flint" kicked off.

WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis hung out with families and vendors who all hope downtown will thrive.

Bug spray, outdoor bands, and ice cream are all signs of summer. That's why the city wants to bring more people downtown. Sherrell Bryd and her family followed the rhythm right here outside the Flint RiverQuarium.

"It's a great time to come out with family and listen to music and eat ice cream so it's just a great time to hang out in Albany tonight," said Byrd.

Vendors hope the same as restaurants sell food and drinks. People snatch better deals than they may have thought. Video Warehouse sold $3 movies - just another reason for people to flock to these events downtown.

"Our goal is to drive more people downtown and bring more business to merchants who are open in the afternoons and evenings," said Downtown Manager Assistant Monique Broughton.

Even though Rick Bishop doesn't own a business downtown, he counts on nights like these to sell his soft serve.

"Yeah it's all about the ice cream and outdoor events, so the more people we have out the better the business," said Bishop. 

The city will continue to hold Fridays on the Flint, with police presence, to make downtown a great place to hang out.

The city will hold another Friday on the Flint next month.  They may move it inside if it's too hot.

Saturday is Movie in the Park night. People can watch "Monsters Versus Aliens" at Riverfront Park. The movie will start around 9:00 p.m.

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