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    Lynn Blake, of Columbia, SC, sets up her cork gun game concession by hanging stuffed animals and other prizes on Wednesday May 21, 2014. Crews have closed a number of Charlotte's uptown streets for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. Road closures began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Speed Street begins Thursday and continues through Saturday night, offering a variety of live concerts, food and NASCAR-related attractions. Speed Street is held in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Organizers expect about 400,000 visitors to uptown during Speed Street. Roads will be reopened by 8 a.m. Sunday.
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    Phillip Barker, with parking Unlimited resets a street barricade at Stonewall and Tryon streets Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Crews have closed a number of Charlotte’s uptown streets for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. Road closures began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The festival is held in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Organizers expect about 400,000 visitors to uptown during Speed Street. Roads will be reopened by 8 a.m. Sunday.
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    Dallas Hooks, with Party Reflections, carries a folding table for set up underneath tents lining Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Crews have closed a number of Charlotte's uptown streets for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. The festival begins Thursday and continues through Saturday night, offering a variety of live concerts, food and NASCAR-related attractions.
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    Vernon Hendrix, left, Tim Nelson and Tim Graham, all with Party Reflections, set a tent pole along Tryon Street on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Crews have closed a number of Charlotte’s uptown streets for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. Road closures began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and the festival begins Thursday and continues through Saturday night, offering a variety of live concerts, food and NASCAR-related attractions.
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    Gus Aintrati, left, and his nephew, Russ Aintrati, hang food signs atop the Steak Boys concession Wednesday, May 21, 2014, as they prepare for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. . The festival begins Thursday and continues through Saturday night, offering a variety of live concerts, food and NASCAR-related attractions.
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    Gus Aintrati (top left) and his nephew, Russ Aintrati, set up signs atop the Steak Boys concession while Paul Gardiner (bottom left) and Jerry Bush gather parts to hang signs on the company's second concession trailer on Wednesday May 21, 2014. Crews have closed a number of Charlotte's uptown streets for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. Road closures began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Speed Street begins Thursday and continues through Saturday night, offering a variety of live concerts, food and NASCAR-related attractions. Speed Street is held in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Organizers expect about 400,000 visitors to uptown during Speed Street. Roads will be reopened by 8 a.m. Sunday.
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    (from left) Jerry Bush, Russ Aintrati and Gus Aintrati hang food signs atop the Steak Boys concession on Tryon Street Wednesday May 21, 2014. Crews have closed a number of Charlotte's uptown streets for the three-day Coca-Cola Speed Street festival. Road closures began about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Speed Street begins Thursday and continues through Saturday night, offering a variety of live concerts, food and NASCAR-related attractions. Speed Street is held in conjunction with the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Organizers expect about 400,000 visitors to uptown during Speed Street. Roads will be reopened by 8 a.m. Sunday.
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