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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Another busy weekend for the City of Montgomery.
Organizers hope successful Staycation events in the past will entice residents to stay in town this Memorial Day weekend--instead of taking their hard earned money elsewhere.
It'll be the third weekend in a row where thousands have converged in downtown Montgomery.
Restaurants and residents are already gearing up for the action.
To Bert Miller at Dreamland Barbecue this weekend is expected to be just like the last two.
"C-r-a-z-y-y-y!" he said referring to the crowds he expects to see.
The month of May has proven fruitful for the City of Montgomery--with sporting events, concerts, and fireworks shows--bringing many people to town and to Bert's restaurant.
"Week before last we had a great crowd. And this last weekend we had a tremendous crowd."
This weekend the whole idea is to keep people in Montgomery while still attracting out of towners.
Organizers hope a pub crawl, watercross event, motorcycle show, free concert, fireworks show and bounce houses for the kids help make it happen.
"Instead of going out of town you can stay in town and there's a lot going on where you can spend your money here in Montgomery and not out of town," says one Montgomery resident.
"We got people coming into Montgomery to just do that Staycation," adds Miller.
It doesn't hurt that most of the events are free. It's one reason 15,000 people flocked to the Capital City during last year's 4th of July Staycation events.
"We got a lot more going on in Montgomery than we used to. It's fun to have events downtown and active and vibrant city center," says Mark Anderson.
"It's a great atmosphere. I love it," says Bert.
Organizers partnered with downtown hotels to offer special room rates this weekend.