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Charities, taxpayers to benefit from Georgia Throwdown

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As crews put the final touches on the Georgia Throwdown stages at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds, some Albany businesses such as Merry Acres Inn are already seeing traffic pick up for this weekend's festivities.

Merry Acres officials say this weekend will be one of the busiest of the year.

"For the Georgia Throwdown, at Merry Acres Inn, we are sold. We've been sold out, all week and all weekend. We need more rooms," said Merry Acres Director of sales and marketing Sandy Gregors.

Albany will see an expected $1.2 to $1.3 million impact from this weekend. That's good news for taxpayers.

"That means people will be coming to town and spending money. It helps pump money into our tax roll and we're hoping it can offset some of the costs they have on their taxes this year," said Convention and Visitors Bureau Manager Rashelle Beasley.

There will be numerous charitable organizations at the Throwdown and all proceeds that each organization rakes in will go towards its cause.

"These people who raise money, they're raising money to help our local communities. All of them are, so them coming here is going to help probably any cause that you like to help out there," said Event Organizer Bo Henry.

Event Organizer Bo Henry says this weekend's Throwdown will help contribute to the city in many ways, all while providing fun for the whole family to enjoy.

"When people say it's nothing to do in this town, this weekend there's something to do. You can come out here and hear great music in this great musical atmosphere," said Henry.

City leaders hope the crowds will create a great atmosphere all over town as they spend money at local businesses.

The Georgia Throwdown kicks off Friday. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the gate or you can buy a 3 day pass for $85.

More than 60 artists will perform. The headliners the three nights are Big and Rich, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Uncle Kracker.

 

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