GrizzlyFest is back and this two day event is expected to beat last year’s attendance which was roughly 19,000.
Aren Hekimian is an organizer for GrizzlyFest. He said there will be people coming from all over the country.
“We have people coming from over 29 states,” said Hekimian. ” We doubled from last year the impact that we are drawing from people coming to this area.”
Hekimian said last year the festival was from Friday to Saturday. But, this year they changed the days to Saturday and Sunday.
“The impact to the community is that we are stopping the event at 10 o’clock this year,” said Hekimian “That was a decision that myself and my partner made.”
There were some noise complaints last year from neighbors. But, the city said overall the event ran smoothly.
Mark Standriff with the City of Fresno said he is happy Woodward Park is hosting this event again.
“Zero incidents were reported to Fresno Police last year we didn’t have any traffic hassles at all,” said Standriff.
He said changing the days to Saturday and Sunday and having a 10 p.m. end time should address any concerns.
“We learned a lot of great lessons from last year and we think this years GrizzlyFest is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Standriff.
Mark Campbell recently moved to the valley from San Diego. He said valley residents need these types of events. He said this is what puts Fresno on the map.
“I just moved here from San Diego where there is stuff all the time and it’s hard to come back to Fresno after you have been gone to a big city,” said Campbell.