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Oprah In Macon, Georgia

MACON, Ga. (AP) _ Oprah Winfrey concluded her show's taping in
Macon yesterday -- but not without dispensing gifts. Under the theme "Oprah's favorite things,'' the talk show hostgave out gifts to the audience ranging from refrigerators to camcorders to wrapping paper.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show'' kicked off a series of shows highlighting towns across the United States in Georgia.

More than 4,500 people applied for free tickets for the show in the first 48 hours they were available online in early November.

Winfrey toured downtown Macon and stopped by the famous hot dog
restaurant on Friday afternoon. Afterwards, she said her favorite thing about the visit was the Nu-Way hot dogs.

Macon spent up to $20,000 to ready City Auditorium for Winfrey's
visit. Her company, Harpo Productions, has offered to reimburse the
city for some of the improvements to the historic building.

The show will air on Tuesday.


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