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Business owners feeling the impact of Miss Arkansas Pageant in Little Rock

Thousands have visited downtown in the last couple of days, with more expected, as the finals for Miss Arkansas will be held at the Robinson Center on Saturday. (KATV photo)

It's the one night of the year where families and friends gather to watch young women gearing up to be the next Miss Arkansas, and for the first time, it's being held here in Little Rock.

Thousands have visited downtown in the last couple of days, with more expected, as the finals for Miss Arkansas will be held at the Robinson Center on Saturday.

More than 2,000 tickets were sold for the preliminaries held over the last two days, and tickets for the Miss Arkansas Pageant final are sold out, the Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau tells KATV.

With the increased foot traffic, business owners are seeing the economic impact it’s making in downtown Little Rock.

“We've had a lot of families from all over the State of Arkansas come visit us At the Corner, and the conversations that have been sparked have just been lovely, I think it's kind of brought attention to Little Rock and Little Rock's food scene,” said At the Corner restaurant co-owner Helen Grace King.

“You have all of these people, coming into your downtown areas...eating at these restaurants that are unique to these downtown areas,” said patron Truett Smith.

While most River Market hotels are booked, and there's more foot traffic downtown, King tells Channel 7 they’re grateful to be located near the action.

“As a female owned and operated restaurant, you know we're owned by three sisters and a mother, having Miss Arkansas next door to us which is a scholarship program that truly focuses on women’s empowerment is a huge thing for us,” added King.

Be sure to join KATV Channel 7 tomorrow at 7 p.m. as we broadcast live the Miss Arkansas Pageant.

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