Bowling Green's Fountain Square Park is quiet now, but it won't be Friday, when what's expected to be thousands arrive to audition for American Idol. Businesses on the square are gearing up to accommodate the crowds.
"It's going to bring in people to see our shops,our restaurants, and just our lovely downtown area, and give some exposure to us that we might not have gotten otherwise,"said Bowling Green area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Sales and Services Duncan Hines.
Barbara Stewart of Barbara Stewart interiors is about to celebrate 60 years in business, and looks forward to Friday.
"Anytime people come in the shop, I'm excited," said Stewart.
Theresa Shea, co-owner of Tea Squares, has a background in singing, and she plans to create menu items that cater to the needs of singers.
"We're going to have a lemon ginger tea that's going to be called a "singer's tea". We'll have that hot or iced for them to order so it'll be easy for them to come in and get it, and sip on it while they're waiting for their time to perform."
One of Bowling Green's lucky participants could become the next American Idol, but they could also be walking away with a diamond thanks to Morris Jewelery.
"One of them may walk away with a record contract and an Antwerp diamond," said Morris Jewelry General Manager Jim Steen.
Steen says that participants who bring their registration in on Friday will be entered to win a diamond next week.