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      81st Carolina Cup draws thousands to Camden

      CAMDEN, SC (WACH)--Kershaw County was the place to be Saturday.

      The Springdale Race Course hosted one of South Carolina's longest running traditions with the 81st annual Carolina Cup. Fans from as far away as Louisiana, Massachusetts, and California came to see not only six horse races, but to eat, drink, and socialize.

      And while Cup goers had a blast, event organizers and people living in the Midlands saw green as a result. Carolina Cup Assistant Director Teri Leigh Teed said the day long event brings in about 65,000 people from all across the country. She said that equals to about $5 million to the local and state economy from ticket sales, restaurants, and lodging. Teed said that makes the Carolina Cup a top three sporting event in the Palmetto State.

      "If you add the Colonial Cup race day and the South Carolina Equine part, that would bump it over $10 million," Teed said. "We feel very blessed."

      Teed added that according to a 2006 study by the University of South Carolina, about 85% of people nationwide that attended the Carolina Cup eventually come back again bringing more family and friends.