Jubilee complete, organizers wait for figures

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- From the games to the music to the fun, Jubilee Cityfest endured less than perfect weather.

With that came a less than perfect showing that had organizers hoping for a little late relief.

"We think once the rain passes through, crowds will continue to come out for the main acts," said Brian Key, the event's Media Coordinator on a dreary Saturday night.

Sure enough, fans flocked through the gates to see performances.

"We're determined.  We're going to watch Darius Rucker and Tone Loc, and then we're going to watch 3 Doors Down," said one woman.

Was the crowd large enough to turn a profit?

Jubilee officials tell WSFA 12 News they won't know how many tickets were sold for at least a week.

Meanwhile, some vendors work hard to break even while others look for the silver lining.

"Sales were good, but I look at it like this:  it's exposure for us. It's advertising," explained Bob Parker, owner/operator of Dreamland BBQ.

So, what's next for Jubilee?

While there may be changes on the horizon for the 2 day event, city leaders say it will return.

"Someone has said that I've said that this is the last Jubilee. That is absolutely not the case," Strange said Friday on WSFA 12 News at 5:00.

It's that type of support that has business owners and residents ready for next year.

"We have a lot of good performers come and a lot of variety.  I think that's something nice. I think they do a good job," said Joyce Railey of Montgomery.

"They don't need to stop.  This is important for Montgomery.  Not just for us, because we're here anyway.  We want people to come and experience what Montgomery's about," Parker said.

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