Final Summertime by George sees record-breaking attendance

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The final Summertime by George brought thousands of people from central Minnesota together Wednesday. Photo by Justine Brown.

Whether it was to hear the Fabulous Armadillos’ covers or to absorb the last bit of the convivial summer essence, people from all over central Minnesota attended the final Summertime by George Wednesday.

According to the St. Cloud Times, a record-setting crowd of over 19,000 people came out for the event.

Lisa Bulinski of St. Joseph has been attending Summertime by George with her husband and 16-month-old son throughout the summer.

“It’s a really great break for us,” said Bulinski. “I think attendance is rising, because St. Cloud is growing and becoming younger, and citizens are looking for more fun and social events like this to attend.”

Some vendors at Summertime by George said that they’ve seen higher attendance throughout the 2015 season than in any previous year.

Scott Anderson, a volunteer at the Sweet William’s food truck for the past three years, said that “Summertime by George has turned into something beyond what anyone thought was possible. It’s an awesome thing for St. Cloud.”

Anderson said that even though they’ve been ramping up food production every year, they still sell out of food every week.

This was the fourth year that Nick’s Third Floor has been selling food at Summertime by George, and they said it was their busiest year yet.

“We had two rain-outs this year and even with those rain-outs, attendance was up,” said Mark Barth, co-owner of Nick’s Third Floor.

The chef at Nick’s Third Floor, Daniel Dean, said that he had mixed feelings about the ending of Summertime by George.

Dean said that while sales have been pretty steady over the past few years, they have picked up slightly this year with the increase in attendance.

“It’s bittersweet,” said Dean. “We have a lot of fun, but it’s a lot of work to put this on every week.”