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Conway Riverfest hopes to make long term impact

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The focus for the Riverfest Celebration is to have some fun. Conway's downtown is also hoping this is a long term boost for the local economy. (Source: Kristin Sanchez) The focus for the Riverfest Celebration is to have some fun. Conway's downtown is also hoping this is a long term boost for the local economy. (Source: Kristin Sanchez)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Conway hosted their Riverfest Celebration Saturday and while the focus was to have some fun, Conway's downtown is hoping this is a long term boost for the local economy.

If you take a look around Main Street in downtown Conway you will notice that some of the shops are vacant.

The Chamber of Commerce who hosts the Riverfest Celebration wants this to change.

Many people the area consider Riverfest the kick off celebration of Independence Day.

"We've had a lot of new businesses opening lately and we want to fill these store fronts that are emptied up," explains Tommy Moore, Riverfest Chairman.

To make that happen, with the help of the chamber of commerce and sponsors, $50,000 was pumped intro Riverfest, to make this event even better than years before.

The chamber is hoping this event will attract some business owners who want to give downtown Conway a shot.

Terry Bedell, Owner of Tresile Bakery and Cafe said, "I wish more people would come and see what a great town it is and then we could get more vendors in."

More than 20 thousand people are expected to make their way to the Riverfest Celebration so it isn't hard to believe that businesses expect to profit around 50 percent more than they would on a usual weekend.

"I always have extra staff, I have extra kitchen staff. It's a good day," said Bedell said.

The Riverfest Chairman said the chamber of commerce has been working hard to put the downtown area on the map and it's been working, but this celebration is just another push to fill the last few spots.

"Conway is a loyal town, they support the local businesses and support each other and I think that's great," Moore said.

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