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Crowds flocking to downtown Tulsa from around the country for busy weekend

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 20:51:01-04

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Downtown Tulsa is gearing up for a busy weekend, as the weather is finally clearing up and a slate of huge events begin Friday night.

The Drillers played a doubleheader with fireworks in the evening, First Friday art crawl took over the Arts District, and Tulsa Tough weaved its way through the downtown streets.

Riders from California say teams circle this weekend as one of the best of the year because of the crowds, atmosphere, and experience of Tulsa.

15,000 people expected downtown for Saturday's races, and businesses are gearing up for weekend-night-level crowds all day.

"It’s bringing in people from all across the country," said Scott Sipes of McNellie’s, "so the hotels are getting filled up, you’ve got cycling teams coming and a lot of them like to drink beer... so overall it’s a great economic impact for the city and it’s great for the city to get behind it.”

Governor Kevin Stitt and Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell are also in town; when they picked up their race packets they talked about how events like Tulsa Tough help put the city on the national radar.

“It’s crazy because like until a few years ago I didn’t even know where Tulsa was," said Dante Young, who traveled from California with Legion Los Angeles. "It’s really nice. The environment makes you want to come back more and more.”

For a full schedule, directions, and parking information, click here.

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