An annual event was held Saturday in downtown Kingsport.
It was the 'Spring for Downtown' event held every spring.
We're told around 30 stores participated in Saturday's event.
Organizers tell us it's a kick-off to spring and gives stores a chance to showcase their new items.
We asked if having this event on the same weekend as the race helped or hurt their business.
"They come in here to shop and we are so fortunate we are able to have a race so close to us there in bristol. but there are shoppers, they want to be kind of away from that and they come here, so it's kind of a win/win for our whole region,' says Promotions Committee Chair, Jackie Ewing.
The Downtown Kingsport Association was in charge of the event.