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Cartersville, camels and C.A.T.S.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- The 11Alive News Today morning show had its first-ever Bartow County broadcast Friday.

Ted Hall and Chesley McNeil were live from outside the Grand Theatre in Cartersville, where they were greeted by an excited crowd -- and, interestingly enough, a camel.

PHOTOS | 11Alive visits Cartersville

Mayor Matt Santini stopped by to welcome 11Alive to his beautiful city. Cartersville is a quaint town known for having the world's first Coca-Cola ad, which can still be seen painted on the side of Young Brothers Pharmacy. It is also home to a number of unique museums, such as Booth Western Art Museum and Tellus Science Museum.

RELATED | 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell profiles Tellus

Some of Cartersville's eateries have devoted patrons who've eaten there for decades. Two notable examples include 4 Way Lunch and Ross's Diner.
11Alive's Luke Carter explores Cartersville's diners

A surprising number of famous people have called Cartersville home, such as "Seinfeld" actor Wayne Knight and original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns.

RELATED | Cartersville's famous faces

Not surprisingly, Cartersville residents are very talented, and they were more than willing to show off their abilities on the show. The Woodland High School cheerleaders and football players were on hand, as were the Devilray Allstars competitive cheerleaders and tumblers.

Fiddler Jackson Lawrence jammed with a guitarist friend to take the show to a commercial break.
WATCH | Jackson Lawrence

Members of the Boogie Down Skate Club performed two high-energy routines that left everyone laughing.
WATCH | Boogie Down Skate Club

And the lovely young ladies of Cartersville School of Ballet performed both a traditional ballet number and two dances to Michael Jackson songs.
WATCH | Cartersville School of Ballet
Dancing to "ABC"

Some talented teens from Woodland Fine Arts Academy's Cartersville Artistic Talent Showcase (C.A.T.S.) danced to "A Freak Like Me Needs Company" from the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

But the biggest surprise came late in the show. In a possible effort to top Gabe the Spider Monkey from McDonough, Cartersville presented its own slice of urban wildlife: a camel named Solomon.
WATCH | Solomon meets Chesley

Solomon lives at Pettit Creek Farms, another popular Cartersville attraction. Its owner, Scott Allen, and his wife were featured on an episode of the CMT show "World's Strictest Parents" a few years ago.

RELATED | 'World's Strictest Parents' features Cartersville couple

Pettit Creek Farms will soon host a special event for a Cartersville resident in need. Bartow's Amazin' Race will support Kim Cowart, a beloved wife and mother in need of a kidney transplant.

Cartersville was the 15th stop on the This is Home summer hometown tour. Past visits include Lilburn, Marietta, Decatur/Druid Hills, McDonough, Cumming, Duluth, Powder Springs, Douglasville, Dunwoody, Alpharetta, Downtown Atlanta, Norcross, Dallas and Stockbridge.


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