GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Saturday night marked the final night of Rock the Rapids. Organizers estimate the final act, Big Boi, drew between 3000 and 4000 people -- a number that they did not think was affected by the heat.
Shawn Healey and Robee Stevenson made it out to the six-day concert event nearly every night -- saying the heat was only a minor inconvenience.
"It's summer, we got our tickets, it's a great night, it's Saturday night. Why wouldn't we want to be here?" said Healey. "It's Michigan. It will be like 20 degrees cooler in an hour," his friend Stevenson chimed in.
Organizers said they did rely on the fact it does get cooler as day turns into night.
"Some of the other entertainment is in the middle of the day and by the time our acts come on the sun's going down. The shade's hitting across the "S" curve in the buildings and, yeah, it's cool," said spokeman Michael Zalewski.
Zalewski added the even sold a lot of water, Gatorade and ice cream over the course of the event - but said the number wasn't a big spike from the concessions the previous year.
"I knew it was going to be fun and it's going to get dark," Sherelle Mason said as she was walking in to the Saturday night event with her friends. "I don't know. I just didn't think about it."
Organizers said the six-day concert event drew nearly 30,000 people downtown. They estimate the biggest crowd was for country star Toby Keith at nearly 7,500 people.
24 Hour News 8 learne about a dozen people were asked to leave by police or security for being rowdy during the entire six days. About six more had medical issues and had to leave the event.
"We're excited about the amount of people that came to Rock the Rapids this year and we hope that more and more people look at next year as an opportunity to either participate, or sponsor or come down and attend," said Zalewski.
Planning for next year's event begins Monday.
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