Keith Arnold, Beeville’s Chamber of Commerce director, said about Summerfest, “I think the management of the event and everything went really, really well.
“I think the groups were good, and I’m very positive about the experience we provided for people via the committee and via the volunteers that made it work.”
Summerfest took place over two nights with Friday being Tejano night and featuring locals Luna y Sol Mariachi, Rick Trevino and Siggno.
Tejano night also brought in a record attendance for the event.
“It was higher on Friday night than it had been,” Arnold added. “It’s the fifth year, and it was the highest Friday night they’ve had.
“Traditionally, Saturday nights have been the higher (turnout) of the two, but Saturday night dropped off.”
Saturday was Texas Country night and featured the Dave Ruckus Band, Cory Morrow and Pat Green as the headliner.
And even though the crowd wasn’t as big as the previous Summerfests, everyone who attended had a great time, and there was plenty of dancing in the dirt during the bands’ performances.
“It was successful from the standpoint of the quality of the entertainment, the presentation and the way everything was handled management wise.
“I was pleased to be a part of it, and the chamber was, too.”
The two-day event went off and ended without any problems as well.
“I was around it most of the weekend, and I talked to everyone, and no one indicated any problems whatsoever, so that’s good news,” Arnold said with a laugh.
“If everyone went away feeling like they had a lot of quality for the $12 or $15 ticket, which I sincerely feel like they did, it’ll build from word of mouth for whatever we do.
“We always want to make it good for the community as well as for outsiders coming in.
“Orlando Vasquez manages the event real well. All the groups were happy; we had nothing but good relationships with all the performers that were there and their managers as well.”
Soon the committee again will sit down and begin planning next year’s event, and possibly add Winterfest to the Chamber’s list of fun-filled events.
“Overall, I have to say that we’re happy with the quality of what we presented, and we look to build on our promotional opportunities for the future for whatever we do.
“There will be a discussion about Summerfest; there will be a discussion about Winterfest, but initially we’re not ready to talk about either one just yet.”
They do need to rest after all. It was a fun, yet tiring weekend for all who enjoyed the music and excitement.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5207 or at Paul@stxscene.com.