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Horses Race At Annual Hawkinsville Harness Festival

The 40th annual Hawkinsville Harness Festival was held Saturday afternoon. 

Hundreds of people came from all over Georgia to check out the races. 

In the Peach State, you can't place bets on horse races. But attendees say they still enjoy the races without the gamble. 

"It's just as much fun, probably more because you're watching the horse perform, watching the event and the sport more than you are watching whether you are going to win," said Virginia Ray of Brunswick. 

"If you bet it might draw more people but we don't really bet ourselves," said Bill Ray of Brunswick. "I would rather just go and watch them race," 

Other say while the harness races are always fun, it's still not quite the same playing pick the winner as placing a bet on a horse. 

"But when you go to a track and you are betting on a horse that means you got a stake in something even though you don't own it, you are wagering," said John Berry of Gray. "It's basically a rush."

The bill on pari-mutuel betting was read during the last legislative day, but no action was taken. 
If it passes the House and Senate, then the voters would have their say in November 2014. 



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