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Area plays host to series of events

Some big events are looming that will be sure to make Thomson a busy place as the town plays host to visitors from near and far.

A bass fishing tournament which runs through March 6 at Wildwood should bring some business to McDuffie County even though it is sponsored in nearby Columbia County. Officials from both counties have discussed promoting some events collaboratively, said Gerald Baygents, tourism director.

McDuffie County has long been an attractive destination for fishermen who enjoy the amenities available in the area.

The tournament will be a major sporting event and will be covered by ESPN. The tournament at Wildwood Park will bring in more than 400 boats, officials estimate.

Pine Top Farm will be hosting an advanced horse trials event March 4-6.

Throughout the year Pine Top hosts events that bring a number of visitors to the area.

As one of America's premier eventing sites for horseback riders, Pine Top draws top competitors from around the country and overseas.

Another big event is "The General" annual ATV race near Washington.

The race is set for March 12-13 and is part of the Grand National Cross Country, America's largest off road racing series.

The race, at Aonia Pass Motocross Facility, had about 1,300 competitors last year who vied for $500,000 in prize money.

While Aonia Pass is located in nearby Wilkes County, McDuffie County should see plenty of impact from the event on motels, restaurants and shops, Mr. Baygents said.

Another big event is the CSRA Poultry Show which has been held at the Lions Campground for more than 40 years. This year's show is scheduled for March 19 and is expected to draw people from across the country to view 800-900 birds on display.

"This is an interesting show. Everyone should go at least once," said Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert at the tourism meeting.

Admission is free, and the event will include some chickens for sale, trophies and cash prizes for winners, said Debbie Lokey who has helped run the show for more than 30 years.



Web posted on Thursday, March 3, 2005











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