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Busy weekend for downtown Greenville

Brad Kellar
Greenville Herald-Banner

Unless you happen to be on a bicycle, navigating around downtown Greenville may be more tricky than usual this weekend.

Finding a parking place may also be a challenge, due to two big scheduled events.

Hundreds of bicycle racers are expected Saturday and Sunday for the inaugural running of the Blackland Classic. The event will consist of two days of bike races through downtown Greenville, starting at the Hunt County Courthouse, circling both sides of the Audie Murphy Overpass before turning east on Washington Street to Gordon, west on Gordon to Lee Street and then back to the courthouse.

The racing will require the closure of the overpass and several streets downtown, with barricades going up at 10 a.m. Saturday and with the street closures starting at noon.

Races are scheduled from 1 p.m. through 8:20 p.m. Saturday and between 8 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. Sunday.

The “Happy Together 30th Anniversary Tour” is scheduled Saturday evening at Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA).

The concert is expected to include performances from The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie (”Happy Together”, “Eve of Destruction”); Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night fame (”Joy to the World”, “One”); Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad (”Some Kind of Wonderful”, “We’re An American Band”); Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (”Devil With a Blue Dress”) and Gary Lewis & The Playboys (”This Diamond Ring”).

Tickets are $35-$65 and are available through the Greenville Municipal Auditorium web site at showtimeatthegma.com.

The City of Greenville is recommending anyone heading downtown this weekend, who may need help with the commute and parking arrangements, visit www.ci.greenville.tx.us/CivicAlerts to view a map of closures, detours, and available parking.

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