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America's premier farm show kicks off Tuesday in Moultrie, and the influx of visitors will spill over to Albany.

The event brings tens of thousands of people to Moultrie, but thousands will also eat and stay in Albany.

It means extra business during what otherwise would be a slow time.

At the Albany Courtyard by Marriott it's the calm before the storm, that will sweep in tonight with visitors looking to rest their heads before heading out early to the Sunbelt Ag Expo. They're sold out Monday and Tuesday night.

"Wednesday's added to our sold out list for this week and we'll actually have the overflow on Thursday as well," said Kervin Lassiter, Courtyard by Marriott Assistant G.M.

It's not just Courtyard, neighboring sister hotel The Fairfield Inn is also full along with other Albany hotels.

"Albany's getting that overflow, so far of the eleven hotels that we've called for inventory, only four of those hotels still have rooms," said Rashelle Beasley, Albany CVB Interim Manager.

Albany Convention and Visitor officials will be working the state's booth tomorrow, pointing visitors to the Good Life City for food and other activities.

"This is an opportunity for the attractions, for the retailers this is just the perfect opportunity for us to monopolize off of a regional event," said Beasley.

Digging deeper we learned, Albany gets chosen over closer cities for those attending with a spouse who may not want to spend two days looking at tractors.

"The men like to go more than one day so the wives may not be interested in more than one day so that's definitely an opportunity for our mall to see some action as well as some of the local boutiques," said Beasley.

Hotel managers in Albany say it's the perfect storm where everyone wins.

"It's a win win on both situations they can enjoy meals here in the area, the city wins, we win as the hotel revenue wise and they win from the convenience level," said Lassiter.

Because they know keeping visitors happy will bring them back next year, hopefully with their wallets full.

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau encourages restaurants and hotels to welcome guests to town on their marques.

Last year's expo attendance was just more than 100,000 over the three day event.

The gates will open daily at 8:30 AM and close at 5:00 PM Tuesday and Wednesday and at 4:00 PM on Thursday.

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