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Agrirama benefits from wildfire smoke

May 25, 2007

Tifton--Those fires causing trouble on I-75 are generating more business for one south Georgia tourist site a little farther up the Interstate.

Employees at the Georgia Agrirama in Tifton say they're actually benefiting from all that wildfire smoke. The Okefenokee Swamp Park had to shut down.

As a result, many tour groups that planned to go there instead chose the Agrirama as a substitute.

Before the wildfires, the Agrirama would welcome about 600 school kids on a good day. Lately, They've had as many as 2,000 students a day.

"It's been great economic benefit for us with the influx of business looking for a different place to go to when they couldn't go to Okefenokee and that area. We lucked out. Somebody's bad news ended up being good news for us," says Sherry Miley, Agrirama Marketing Director.

Even with school out, the Agrirama expects to continue to be busy--especially during the holiday weekend.

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