City Fest's Impact on Local Businesses

By: Demetria McClenton Email
By: Demetria McClenton Email
Local businesses benefit from the increased foot traffic in Downtown Dothan during the City Fest.

Staff Photo: Erin Evans
Tracy Scoggins, left, and her 17-year-old daughter, Cidney Scoggins, watch people walk by after cancer survivors completed the initial lap to start the annual Relay for Life on Friday evening at the Georgia International Horse Park. Tracy had just begun her personal fight against breast cancer and joined in the overnight activities at the Horse Park to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Organizers for this year’s Rockdale County Relay for Life expected 900 participants and supporters of 60 teams to attend the event that finishes at 7 a.m. today. The goal for Rockdale County’s Relay for Life this year is to raise $225,000.

The 3-day Dothan City Fest ended on a high note for the community and downtown businesses.
“The Corndog Man" has been serving up corndogs for more than 60 years.
This is why they couldn’t turn down the offer to sell their tasty treats at the First Annual Dothan City Fest.
Hundreds of people mingled with vendors, endured the oppressive temperatures, all to partake in the local Dothan flavor.
“It's been a fantastic day at Colby's!” said Robin Thagard, Owner of Colby’s at the Loft.
Colbys at the Loft had record numbers in new business.
“90% of the people who came into the restaurant today had never been here before,” said Thagard.
And she plans to capitalize on those numbers.
“Our plan was to get them in here the first time and they'll come back.”
Right across from Colbys is District Ultra Lounge, who opened their doors 8 hours earlier than normal for the festival.
“We're usually not open this early we'll probably do an extra couple hundred people,” said Ignacio Handal with the Downtown Investment Group.
“You'll just see all of Dothan coming back downtown and it coming back to life has been great for everybody.”
Officials say, the downtown area will continue to grow with several new establishments opening in the next 2 months.

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