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McDonald's Tifton Invitational draws hundreds to Tifton

Thousands of people will be heading into Tifton for the McDonald's Tifton invitational. (Source: WALB) Thousands of people will be heading into Tifton for the McDonald's Tifton invitational. (Source: WALB)
Chris Wade, Head Coach of Tifton Blue Devils. (Source: WALB) Chris Wade, Head Coach of Tifton Blue Devils. (Source: WALB)
Wade is expecting over 1,000 people to come. (Source: WALB) Wade is expecting over 1,000 people to come. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

With the holidays upon us, it's also time for the annual McDonald's Tifton Invitational. 

We are days away from thousands of people converging on Tifton for this huge tournament. 

Teams have already started preparing and practicing to try to win the crown.

Tift County Coach Chris Wade said this tournament brings so much exposure to Tifton. 

This is the eighth year hosting this tournament, and Wade explained he is expecting about 1,500 people to come; 500 every night.

There will be 14 teams all together playing over the three day period, 10 men's teams and four women's teams. 

Some are even traveling all the way from Florida to participate in this tournament. 

"You know you get all those teams that are coming from the north to Florida and places in the south that may have not ever stopped here before, and what we find is that a lot of them say whenever they travel, they end up stopping to eat in Tifton," said Wade.

The Comfort Inn and Suites of Tifton said the event generates thousands of dollars while folks are in town.

"The kids, parents, and fans are a great group of people, brings a lot into Tifton here at the hotels and the surrounding area," said Director of Sales for Comfort Inn. & Suites Melody Cowart.

The Tift Invitational begins next Thursday, December 28, and runs through December 30, and of course, the Tift County Blue Devils will be playing the last game each night.

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