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Day 1 of diving competition makes big splash in Moultrie

Rain didn't stop day one of the diving competition from a making a big splash. (Source: WALB) Rain didn't stop day one of the diving competition from a making a big splash. (Source: WALB)
Along with local vendors, different Georgia grown businesses will set up tents every day this week. (Source: WALB) Along with local vendors, different Georgia grown businesses will set up tents every day this week. (Source: WALB)
Becca Turner (Source: WALB) Becca Turner (Source: WALB)
Tammy Watters (Source: WALB) Tammy Watters (Source: WALB)
Albert Wildes (Source: WALB) Albert Wildes (Source: WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Nearly 700 competitors will show off their skills on the diving board for the next two weeks in Moultrie. 

The AT&T USA Diving National Championships kicked off on Monday at Moss Farms Diving.

And a little rain didn't put a damper on the championships first day. 

People from Ohio, California and New York said that they were surprised to see all that South Georgia had to offer. 

"We're really just working hard to make sure that they know we are welcoming them to Moultrie," said Public Relations and Volunteer Coordinator Becca Turner. 

And the hard work has definitely paid off. Hundreds of elite divers, along with their coaches and families traveled hours and hours to come to South Georgia. 

"I don't think they realized that this was out here. This is such a wonderful community, so much to offer," said volunteer Tammy Watters. "They had to come out here and really experience it. I think they're really blown away." 

Watters is from Columbus, Ohio. She decided to volunteer at this year's National Diving Competition.  

She said that she's among several volunteers who do not call Moultrie home. 

"We've had people from Florida, California, yeah so they're all coming in to help out," explained Watters. "Because this is a big event, it's a big major event. It's a production."

So what better opportunity than this to showcase what the state has to offer. 

"Most of these people are from metropolitan areas," said Turner. "They've joined us for the two week period, and they need things to do." 

Along with local vendors, different Georgia grown businesses will set up tents every day this week to provide an experience many people haven't had before now.

Albert Wildes is a member of the Georgia Blueberry Commodity Commission. He said that he's privileged to have this opportunity to show off the product of the state's biggest industry, agriculture.

"The response has been really good," said Wildes. "We've passed out a lot of dried blueberries and Georgia grown blueberries, and everybody's seemed to like them. 

And if Monday's turnout was just a glimpse at what's to come, Watters said that it will be an event to remember. 

"It takes a village to help make this, and it's a great village to work with," explained Watters. "It's a really great community." 

The National Championship will run through August 14.

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