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Jeffersontown sees opportunity as Gaslight Festival coincides with Ryder Cup

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The Nasdaq also closed up 24.43 points at 2,303.


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The business community in Jeffersontown is looking for a boost like never before for this year's Gaslight Festival.  It's one of the largest festivals in the region every year, attracting more than 200,000 visitors.

But this year brings a new twist -- the festival coincides with the Ryder Cup.

Beth Cassity, the president of the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce, says, "It's an opportunity, that's how we look at it at the Chamber of Jeffersontown, everything's an opportunity."

The Jeffersontown Chamber hopes to capitilize on the Ryder Cup being played ten miles away.  The final three days of the festival include the parade, balloon glow, and arts and crafts show.

The Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Louisville and The Cup Experience to market the event.  Beth Cassity explains, "All of us are working together.  We are also a part of the Cup Experience as an affiliated event, so they're doing a great job.  We're working with them, so we're also on their website helping to market that.  We also put together programs and things that will go out to all the hotels, so visitors will see that and have the opportunity to come visit us after they're done at the Ryder Cup."

The Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival begins September 14th and runs through the 21st.


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The company says the closings are necessary in order to boost business.

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