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Communities cashing in on the World Equestrian Games

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

With only two days left to go before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, not only is the Kentucky Horse Park buzzing with activity but so are nearby communities hoping to cash in on the action.

It's an event bringing the world to the Bluegrass, and Central Kentucky communities intend to take advantage.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for everybody in the horse world internationally and nationally," says Summer Frost, the Georgetown Equine Expo director. "Georgetown and myself want to make the best of it."

That's why Summer Frost says it only made sense to schedule the Georgetown Equine Expo to go hand in hand with the World Equestrian Games, to draw in the local and international crowd.

In Downtown Georgetown, the welcome for WEG participants can't be ignored, with the international flags to the landscape welcoming guests.

Merchants and restaurants are expected to stay open later and be trained for big crowds.

In a downed economy, community leaders say getting in on the WEG action only made sense.

It's still unclear just what the economic impact will be from the games in Lexington Georgetown, or surrounding communities, but we're told it can only go up from here.

Georgetown leaders say 50 percent of the hotel rooms booked during the games are booked by teams participating.

Richmond is also preparing for visitors. The city will host many members of the international media who will be covering the Games.

We're told media members from Australia have already arrived in Richmond.

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