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WADDINGTON - With a population of just 972, Waddington has set a record in Bassmaster Elite Series attendance.

A total of 34,100 people turned out for the Aug. 8 to 11 Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River, breaking the record for the second time in the 2013 Elite Series season.

The previous four-day record of 33,650 was set at this season’s opener, the March 14 to 17 Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues in Orange, Texas.

Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada said the Showdown attendance far exceeded her expectations.

“You could not find someone who’s happier than I am right now,” she said after the crowd numbers compiled by law enforcement officials were released. “The event put us on the map. I knew that it would draw people. I knew that it would be big because it was something new and different. We needed that here in upstate New York.”

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