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Murphysboro Cruise Night big boost for city's economy

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MURPHYSBORO -- Thousands of people packed into downtown Murphysboro Saturday evening for Murphysboro Cruise Night, looking at hot rods in the hot temperatures.

The monthly event provides an opportunity for people to check out cars and hang out with friends, but also provides a big boost to the city’s economy.

"You bring this many people into one area they’re going to go to the places to buy things and to go in and eat and stay overnight," said Josh Sayer, who helps organize the event. It's really been great for this area."

Sayer says this was the biggest Cruise night they’ve had so far because among the cars, was a Smokey and the Bandit display featuring cars from the 1977 film.

He says people from about a dozen states came to the event, some as far away as New York and California. And while people packed the streets, they packed the area’s businesses too. Managers at several restaurants said they were simply too busy to do an interview.

Murphysboro Mayor, Will Stephens, was among those cruising the streets judging the cars. He says events like this showcase the city to the rest of the region. 

"It just builds out brand as a city because people want to live somewhere where they can enjoy some quality of life and part of having a good quality of life is being able to come to things like this," Stephens said.

Stephens says its events like these that keep people coming back, something Sayer can personally attest to.

"I’ve met probably a hundred people that said 'we’re coming back next month because we didn’t even know this was here until now,'" Sayer said. "They say 'we’re coming back we loved it,' and they said 'we’re really glad you’re doing something like this.'"

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