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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was the $2 million weekend in Albany.

That's what city leaders expect the financial impact to be as thousands pass through the city supporting several major events.

There were Marathons this morning, bike races throughout the afternoon, and a giant Mardi Gras party downtown.

Everyone in town no doubt brought some money, dollars that vendors hope they'll see before the weekend is over.

"We had a very good day today," said Ronnie Crimes, Vendor.

Vendors want to see, people buying the goods they're selling.

"Anytime you have visitation of this magnitude your business is going to do well," said William Livingston, Vendor.

It's still too early to have an official word on how well many of the businesses did, but if lines are any indication, it was good.

"Without the support of the people we can't make it," said Crimes.

William Livingston is representing the South Georgia Wildcats; he says such a big turnout is great for downtown.

"This is a form of a showcase, to advertise the businesses that we do have here and to embrace other businesses to come downtown," said Livingston.

This mornings marathon and bike races drew even more people downtown, a chance to show off the city.

"We're showing Albany off to people who wouldn't come here for any other reason," said  Lisa Riddle, Convention & Visitors Bureau Dir.

"You can't say you have nothing to do in Albany we've got plenty to do now, so we have to support these efforts," said Livingston.

"I had somebody tell me the wanted to move here they liked our city so much," said Riddle.

For all the sweat and hard work the organizers put in, to the many vendors who'll get a bit of a boost this weekend.

They all think their hard work is well worth it.

"It makes the hard work worth it to know people come here and love our city that much," said Riddle.

More than 20,000 people were expected for all the activities in Albany over the weekend.

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