Record attendance for Montgomery Festival
By Judy Pochel For Sun-Times Media August 27, 2013 11:42AM
The recent Montgomery Festival drew the event's biggest crowds ever. | Judy Pochel~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:39AM
The 29th annual Montgomery Festival is one that will go into the record books.
While those involved in the event are already planning the 30th festival set for the second weekend in August 2014, they are also going over the numbers from the recently completed event.
The Intergovernmental Committee met for the first time since the event to report preliminary numbers. Some 15,000 to 20,000 people attended the three-day festival, and revenues from sponsorships, food booths and carnival rides topped out at some $46,000.
The revenue tops any previous year, said Denny Lee, co-chairman of the fest.
Patrons are not charged to attend and all entertainment is free. Various sponsors throughout the region pay for sponsorships to make the event free for visitors. However, there is a charge for things such as carnival rides and food.
“The biggest increase was in carnival revenue. They liked the Friday night addition,” Lee said of changes this year in the carnival schedule.
Pete Heinz, the other co-chairman, said the event continues to be a summer highlight for many Montgomery residents. He noted some possible reasons for the increased attendance. For the first time, the village staged a Battle of the Bands competition and along with that, the carnival owner sold $20 wristbands that allowed for an unlimited number of rides.
As trustees looked at surveys and comments received since the three-day event, they found fireworks were the number one attraction, followed by the parade and car show.
From the hot days of August the committee has begun looking at their next regular event, the Festival of Trees along with the Santa Claus tree-lighting ceremony. That is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 8.