Roanoke's GO Fest grows after successful weekend

Organizers estimate more people attended this year

By Tommy Lopez - Weekend Anchor / Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. - Last weekend’s GO Fest in Roanoke looks to be the largest event in its seven-year history.

Organizers estimate 35,000 people took part during the three-day outdoor festival. That’s two- to three-thousand more than last year, according to Roanoke Recreation Manager Patrick Boas.

The Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department and the nonprofit Roanoke Outside Foundation usually break even, but organizers say they should have a net profit this year to put into next year’s event.

The popcorn vendor sold 500 pounds of popcorn, selling out with one day left to go, and people at the festival went through 150 kegs of beer, 30 more than last year, organizers say.

Boas says they're still talking to vendors to find out more exact numbers for attendance.

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