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It's one of the biggest events of the year, Aiken's Triple Crown began this weekend with the 71st annual Aiken Trials attracting people from all over to watch the thoroughbred horse race.

"This is really part of what I think is vanishing Americana, this is great," said spectator Jim Howard.  

Thousands gathered at the Aiken Training Track for an event that has people coming back year after year.

"It's a great way for the Aiken residents to come out and see their local horses before they go off to the race tracks and hopefully become stars themselves," said Aiken Trials Co-Chairman Nikki Bargeloh.   

An event that doesn't just bring in people from Aiken, Bargeloh said they were expecting a turnout of nearly 10,000 people; an economic impact that goes beyond even this weekend.

"It's huge for Aiken, the next three weekends; the Aiken Triple Crown is probably one of the biggest series in Aiken. It brings a lot of people from out of town," said Bargeloh.  

The out- of- town people was exactly who Kolby Jumper was looking. Jumper is part of the South Company marketing team and was curious to see just how great the impact was. 

"We've been going around taking surveys of people from out of town and we've met people from Manhattan, Maryland, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama so it's just great for the town," said Jumper.  

"There were people from Canada, California, Texas, all over the place," said Bargeloh.  

"Whatever we can get to bring more people in Aiken to enjoy this beautiful city is awesome," said spectator Cindy Reinhart. "The hotels are full, the bars are full and everyone is having a great time."

That is exactly what it was, people tailgating in perfect weather and of course watching the six different horse races.

The trials was just the first event of the Triple Crown series which means if you missed the races this weekend, Aiken Steeplechase is scheduled for next weekend.

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