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Tournament brings thousands of dollars to Madison

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Businesses are already seeing soaring sales. Businesses are already seeing soaring sales.
Pam Mahony with the Madison Chamber of Commerce says the event is also a huge economic boost for the Magnolia State. Pam Mahony with the Madison Chamber of Commerce says the event is also a huge economic boost for the Magnolia State.
MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Sanderson Farms Championship golf tournament is creating a huge economic impact for the City of Madison. Businesses are already seeing soaring sales.

"It's a big week for us for sure. We've seen a nice increase of business," Matthew Bailey of Georgia Blue said.

Restaurants like Georgia Blue and Kent's Cajun Kitchen are packed with more customers than an average summer day.

"We have additional food, additional staff. We're looking at somewhere between 15 to 25% bump this week," Bailey said.

Felicia Kent, owner of Kent's Cajun Kitchen in the heart of Madison, says she and her staff have had to plan and prepare for the tournament days ahead of tee off.

"We've seen an increase over 30 to 40% in our clientele this week," Kent said. "Our seafood comes directly from New Orleans and we've gotten a truck in three times already this week."

The annual tournament is not only helping the city, it creates millions of dollars of revenue for charities. According to Sanderson Farms, more than $7 million has been raised for statewide charities.

Pam Mahony with the Madison Chamber of Commerce said the tournament has a $22 million economic impact across the Magnolia State.

"Golf tournament comes to town, it brings about 30,000 plus people. What it does is it brings that many people in," Mahoney said. "You can't help, but help the businesses and local businesses because they get the revenue from that as well with all the extra people in shopping, drugstores, doctors, everybody benefits from it."

"It's definitely nice for them to do these kinds of things. It's great for local business," Bailey said.

"And all of the businesses around here are very excited because it helps us to meet our bottom line," Kent added.

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