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'The Great Race' to help Tifton's downtown prosper

The Great Race is expected to draw in hundreds of visitors to Tifton (Source: WALB) The Great Race is expected to draw in hundreds of visitors to Tifton (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

On Saturday, Tifton is expecting to have hundreds of folks headed to Tifton's Main Street to see more than 100 classic cars driving through for "The Great Race."

"We are in a fantastic development spin right now," Tyron Spearman, Tifton tourism coordinator, said.

They expect at least 500 people coming in for this event filling up hotels, eating out and buying from local retailers.

Spearman was instrumental in bringing the first "The Great Race" to the city. Spearman says events like this bring in big bucks for the local economy.

"It could be a million to two million dollars because if 10,000 people come to town, you're going to really have an economic boost," Spearman said. 

Restaurant owner David Scarborough said he is looking forward to the event. He owns the "Local" on Main Street, which sells local, fresh foods. He and his wife have had their restaurant on Main Street for the past two and a half years. 

The City now allows visitors to openly carry drinks outside of bars. Scarborough hopes that will bring even more people to his restaurant.

"We're super excited. We love events like this," Scarborough said.

The race will have classic, antique, and vintage automobiles.

Mayor Julie Smith said it will help put Tifton on the map.

"Tifton's mentioned at every turn and what a great way to promote your community," Smith said. 

"Well we hope it's going to see our development grow in the South Georgia area, not only here, but all across South Georgia." Spearman said, "Anytime you bring 5 to 10,000 people to town it's good for your community."

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