Gulfport Music Festival may have had best year yet

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Crews were working hard on Sunday morning to get Jones Park back in shape after wrapping up this year's Gulfport Music Festival. Organizers say it was hard work, but they are very impressed with the fourth annual event.

"Our crews have been out here all week setting up for this festival. They've been working during the festival, and they are out here this morning," said City of Gulfport Public Information Officer Chris Vignes.

Tim Wold is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FEB Distributing. This is the company's first year being a key sponsor of the festival.

"This is probably one of the best concerts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that you can go to for the dollar, the quality, just the organizational structure with the city and the work they've done. It couldn't have been any better for us as a sponsor," said Wold.

FEB distributing also sponsored this year's designated driver program. They offered festival goers a $20 voucher to take a cab home as their car followed safely behind them.

"We haven't gotten the final numbers yet, and we haven't found out how many people got a ride home, but the main part was there was a choice," said Wold.

Vignes said when he wasn't busy attending to behind the scenes work, he talked to concert goers. He said some came from as far as Canada, and they all were extremely impressed with the festival.

"We're excited. This is a premiere location on the Gulf of Mexico. Jones Park is 40 acres down here in downtown Gulfport. We're excited to have people down here in our hotels and restaurants," said Vignes.

Organizers are still waiting for final the numbers, but they believe this year was the best year yet for the festival. Organizers say it will take at least three days to get Jones Park completely cleaned up, and they should get a final attendance number sometime this week.

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