by Jim Boyle
The organizers of the Taste of Elk River feel like they’re back on solid ground after last week’s successful installment of the annual event.
Numbers may have been down, but the fun was up at the seventh annual event.
“It was really fun,” said Nicole Rasmussen, the co-chair of the event put on by the Elk River Rotary, with many sponsors including Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton and the Fairview Clinic in Elk River.
Early estimates are that about 600 people turned out for the Taste of Elk River.
Ticket sales were down heading into the event, but a new record was set for ticket sales at the door.
“We think a lot of people got scared off from the weather last year,” Rasmussen said.
Last year’s event was hampered by rain, which led to mud inside the tents. This year Elk River Rotarians were ready for anything after they moved the tents from the grassy area of Lions Park behind Lions Park Center in Elk River to the parking lot. The weather also cooperated, making for a great combination.
Vendors liked the new location, and so did patrons. Another positive sign is people seemed to stay longer this year, and they were able make use of the picnic tables between the tents and music. Steve Blexrud performed for the first half of the event, and karaoke filled the air for the second half.
Stay tuned for final numbers and the winners of the People’s Choice Awards for the food and beverage vendors.