The three-on-three basketball tournament probably won’t return next year, Main Street Washington director Sarah Sadrakula said, but overall she was happy with the turnout for Celebrate Washington.
“It went really well, I am very happy with the turnout,” Sadrakula said. “Every artist and food vendor was happy with the number of people they talked to or served. People there for music were happy with the music quality and quantity. We had a lot of great feedback about kids’ activities.”
With the number of teams lacking, Sadrakula said, the tournament ended up being a free throw/three-point knockout and a HORSE tournament, followed by pick-up games. About 40 young people entered the different free-throw contests. Sadrakula said that this is the third year in a row the event has been changed. Overall, she said, she was happy with her first Celebrate Washington and called it a success.
She said that the event drew art vendors from as far away as West Burlington and Maquoketa. Over 23 vendors set up in Central Park. The number of vendors was higher than last year, but, Sadrakula said, the event was opened to include consultants. She said there was a different mix of people this year.
Sadrakula reported a large group of people who turned out during the day to the event. She credits the music throughout the day as a draw to bring people downtown. She said that 20 teams of two had entered the bags tournament in the evening.
“It was a really good night for us,” Sadrakula said.
The children’s events also went well, she said. She believes as many tickets were sold for the events as were sold last year. She said children were playing in the bounce houses all day long.
About 60 teams participated in the Flying Pigs Duathalon. Many of the volunteers worked to keep cars off the closed streets that were designated for the run.
“We doubled our numbers in beer sales; and with kids’ activities, we probably sold more than we did last year,” Sadrakula said. “There were people there doing stuff. It was a good year for us.”
The Celebrate Washington committee will do its wrap-up meeting next week. Sadrakula said the committee will look at the money raised and the numbers of people who attended. A notebook was kept at the Main Street booth during the event to report comments from attendees. Everything will be evaluated.
As the first time working on Celebrate Washington, Sadrakula said that she has learned the value of delegating responsibilities. She said making sure the volunteers knew what they were doing and just letting them go was one of her strongest lessons from the event.
“I have a great group of volunteers help set up and a great group of volunteers help tear down,” she said. “I just let them do their thing, and it never ceases to amaze me how wonderful they are.”