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Georgia Throwdown wraps-- with plans for next year

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia Throwdown organizers are pleased with how well the inaugural event came off.

They spent Monday taking down the stages at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds after more than 60-artists performed for big crowds over three days.

The 1st Georgia Throwdown brought people to Albany from all over the United States.

 More than 15 thousand people attended the event.

And organizers say next year will be even bigger.

There was a relaxed mood at the Fairgrounds today as the tents and stages were being broken down, as the 1st Georgia Throwdown came to a close.

"Today is tear down day, and clean up day, and then after lunch it is going to be resting day because we have been out here for 3 straight days," Stan Coleman, Albany Beverage Company Manager.

Organizers say about 15,000 people attended the 3 day music festival filled with more than 60 artists.

"It was a great time, it went off without a hitch, we had no trouble, no problems, the community came out and supported us," said Sam Shugart, Organizer.

 Shugart says people came from all over the world to be here for the festival.

"We had people flying back in from other countries to come to this, I had a lady from New York who drove down just from the festival, we had cook teams from Michigan, so this was people from all over the world," said Shugart.

And it was a good thing for the city.

Albany will see an expected 1.2 to 1.3 million dollar impact from this weekend.

"The residual impact on the community helped, economically, the motels were full, the restaurants were full, we needed this," said Shugart.

And several nonprofit organizations were successful too.           

They were able to set up at the event for free and keep all proceeds.

"We were successful on several levels, we had good attendance, and we sold a good amount of food, and we raised a lot of awareness in the scouting program in the Chehaw Council," said Matt Meier, Chehaw Council Boyscotts of America     

 Even with all the accomplishments, organizers say this was just the beginning.

"This was a really nice deal, and it was a really big deal for Albany, but this was a practice run, this was a trial run, this was the appetizer, we are bringing the full meal next year," said Shugart.

 He plans for the 2nd annual Georgia Throwdown to be even bigger and better.

 Shugart says he already has 5 bands booked for next year.

 They plan to announce the lineup for 2013 Georgia Throwdown by the end of the year.

 It will be held next fall.

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