Grizzly Fest wrapped up this weekend bringing in well over 20 thousand people

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Grizzly Fest wrapped up this weekend bringing in well over 20 thousand people from across the county.

Now, crews are breaking down the stage along with cleaning up the remaining mess to get Woodward Park back to normal. 

The City of Fresno said this year was a complete success after receiving 60 thousand dollars to host GrizzlyFest. However, the city made 40 thousand dollars less this year than last year. 

Mark Standriff is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the City of Fresno. He said the event organizers didn’t use as many resources as last year. That’s why costs were reduced. But, he said overall complaints were minimal. 

“They were extremely pleased and we were very satisfied with the outcome,” said Standriff. “We again are looking forward to this event kind of solidifying our reputation.”

Ellis Atrat has lived near Woodward Park for 20 years. He said he is part of his homeowner association. Atrat said last year they received numerous noise complaints. However, this year, he said complaints were very minimal. 

“They did a very good job,” said Atrat. “They even brought their own people in to make sure they didn’t park in our area.”

This year the two day event was on Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday and Saturday like last year. Atrat said because the event was on the weekend people seemed to not mind. 

“The main thing was that they did it during the day not late at night and it was good,” said Atrat.

Evan Nebeker is a Grizzly Fest promoter. He said they are happy to put Fresno on the map by bringing in huge artist like G-Eazy and Ziggy Marley. 

He said since this year was such a success with record breaking numbers they plan on continuing this tradition for years to come. 

“We were very fortunate to show people a premium experience,” said Nebeker. “This was an experience and we are very happy about that.”

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