Pike County is getting ready to open one of the most anticipated events of its year-TroyFest.
10,000 people will come to downtown Troy for TroyFest over the next two weeks. That could pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.
The City of Troy kicked off TroyFest with a bang, a jazz concert made up of three Troy University bands. "I
think it's a good time for people to come together, and being in sort of a smaller town, it's just something really fun to have going on," said Marissa Stanfill, who came to the concert on the square.
The concert is the first event in a two week long celebration leading up to the arts and crafts festival on April 27th.
e like to drag it out as long as we can to make sure we get the most bang for our buck here in Troy, it's a huge economic impact here that TroyFest makes," said Janet Moates, City of Troy Project Manager
That's especially true for businesses on the square, which see a big increase in new customers.
And the impact doesn't stop there.
Events like this that bring people to the square, it's huge for us, because they see, oh there's a new business that we haven't had a chance to come in to, so it's an awesome opportunity for them to be on the square, and kinda slip into us and see what we're all about," said Lyndsay Taylor, who owns Sips on the Square in Troy.
We have more than 120 vendors that are coming into town on Friday night, staying in hotels, eating at restaurants, shopping at our stores, filling up at gas stations," said TroyFest Publicity Chair Morgan Drinkard.
That means more tax dollars for Pike County. Still, organizers say, the biggest benefit is the attention the festival brings to Troy. "T
he more that we can bring people to our city and show them what a lovely little town we have, the better off we are," said Moates.
TroyFest's arts and crafts vendors will open up next Saturday, April 27th
, and run through Sunday April 28th.