Thousands attend High Point Market’s opening day

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Thousands of visitors attended the opening day of the High Point Market Saturday afternoon in downtown High Point.

The Spring Furniture Market runs until Thursday and gives attendants a chance to look at the newest home furnishings.

Organizers said nearly 70,000 people attended the event last year and they hope even more come out this year.

The opening day of the event drew crowds from all over the world. Gov. Pat McCrory was also in attendance on Saturday.

Tom Conley, High Point Market Authority president and CEO, said he wanted to revamp security after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Conley met with High Point Police Chief Marty Sumner about a security plan to increase the police presence all over the market areas.

Capt. Mike Kirk with the High Point Police Department said a K-9 unit from the Winston-Salem Police Department will conduct bomb checks every day.

Conely said while guests should not feel threated, staff want to make sure they take the necessary precautions.