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Published September 08, 2013, 09:37 PM

Thousands swarm downtown for weekend events

People are packing the downtown Grand Cities this weekend, making it one of the busiest this year. This is welcome news for the Downtown Development Association in Grand Forks.

People are packing the downtown Grand Cities this weekend, making it one of the busiest this year. This is welcome news for the Downtown Development Association in Grand Forks.

Thousands of people are taking in the sights, and sounds of downtown Grand Forks this weekend. Events range from the annual Potato Bowl Parade...

Scott Midstokke- KEM Shriner Member: "The streets are lined from one side to the other."

to the weekly Farmer's Market,

Caryl Lester- Farmer's Market Manager: "Today's been a great market. It's always fun to have extra people down here."

and the city's first Uff Da Mud Run.

Andy Magness- Ground Up Adventures: "We're thrilled. This was a great day for Grand Forks because there was so much."

It's a family friendly day for Loren Hoheisel and his triplets.

Loren Hoheisel- Parade Attendee: "It's awesome to have something to do here in Grand Forks and not have to travel somewhere."

These big crowds are a welcome sight for downtown business owner Sarah Horak.

Sarah Horak- Downtown Development Association: "Lots of people walking around, checking things out, that may usually not have even came downtown."

Sarah is one of about a dozen members in the newly formed Downtown Development Association. The group tackled its first project this weekend.

Horak: "We did a city clean up, trash pick up, cigarette butt clean up, so it's going really well. We're continuing to move forward with our plan."

Several Grand Forks business owners make up the Downtown Development Association. They say they don't look at each other as competitors. Instead they're teammates, working together for the same goal.

Horak: "It's not about my business or his business, or her business, it's about bringing people downtown and making sure that we continue to grow and succeed."

Downtown Development Association members say they hope to hire an executive director to help carry out the goal of improving downtown.

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