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Covington shines on 11Alive News Today

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Have you ever seen dozens of children awake, alert and ready to perform at 4:30 a.m.?

If not, you've never been to Covington, an Atlanta suburb that is proud of its deep roots, but is also excited about its bright future.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston and hundreds of locals rolled out the red carpet for the 11Alive News Today morning show Friday, welcoming Karyn Greer, Ted Hall, Donna Lowry and Chesley McNeil to the beautiful Covington Square.

The excited performing children included members of the Oxford Singing Children, Oxford Youth Singers and Mainstream Dance, who were eager to share their talents with the crowd. The Eastside High School cheerleaders and Barefoot Brass quintet also entertained their fellow residents.

In addition to the local performance groups, Covington is famous for being the "Hollywood of the South." A number of popular TV shows and films have been shot there, including "The Dukes of Hazzard," "The Vampire Diaries" and the remake of Footloose.

VIDEO | Covington known as 'Hollywood of the South'

Business owners flooded the Square Friday morning, while the owners of Square Perk and Bradley's Bar-B-Que provided the 11Alive anchors and crew with their delicious signature items. Sweet Treats Bakery even baked a beautiful cake for all the birthday boys and girls in attendance.

Business is important to Covington, with several major companies like Baxter International, Bridgestone Golf and General Mills calling the city home.

VIDEO | Ringing the bell for jobs in Covington

Covington was the third stop in 11Alive's morning show tour. The crew will hit the road periodically throughout the summer to showcase the many communities of metro Atlanta. Last week, the morning show broadcast live from Stone Mountain and Roswell. Future visits will be announced soon.