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Hundreds celebrate opening of Owensboro's Convention Center

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

It was an exciting evening along the Owensboro Riverfront Friday as hundreds of people enjoyed the opening gala for the new Convention Center.

Those 14 News spoke with during the event said the new building is the ideal fit for Owensboro.

Kirk Kirkpatrick has been to his share of grand openings, including the openings of the RiverPark Center and the Executive Inn, but said he's never experienced a celebration like the one on Friday night.

"I think it's really the beginning of the renaissance, not necessarily the peak of the renaissance. For those people in the Tri-State who haven't been over here, it's really an exceptional place to visit," Kirkpatrick said.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said the new building is part of the rebirth of Owensboro and Daviess County. Beshear said the up coming events will bring in more than $2.5 million to the area and create more jobs.  

Kirkpatrick said the new building will be a must see attraction for years to come.

"The Convention Center is a unique situation for the city of Owensboro because it was designed to specifically meet the need that Owensboro created by itself," Kirkpatrick said.

The Convention Center and hotel will be having tours for the public on Saturday.

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