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PirateFest draws record crowd

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Sharieka Botex
The Daily Reflector

Monday, April 10, 2017

A record number of people attended PirateFest, which featured live performances, food trucks, activities and a policy that allowed the consumption of alcohol on the Town Common.

The 11th annual PirateFest was held from Friday to Saturday and offered a wide range of events including BMX performances, concerts, food vendors and family-friendly activities. 

Bianca Shoneman, director of Uptown Greenville, said between 30,000 to 32,000 people attended the event over the two-day span. 

“The festival was very well received,” Shoneman said. Shoneman added that vendors reported good sales on their merchandise and several food trucks at the event sold out. 

People on Saturday attended the final concert which featured “Rusted Root,” who performed on the Town Common amphitheater stage. Shoneman said the concert was well attended. “It was a great day to be a Pirate and in the city of Greenville,” she said. 

Alcohol on Saturday was served in two designated areas and people were allowed to take alcoholic beverages into a designated area of the Town Common. Shoneman said there were no alcohol-related issues. 

“We implemented the alcohol policy in the Town Common, which allowed people to enter into the Town Common with an open container,” Shoneman said. “People were allowed to purchase an alcoholic beverage and walk into the park and consume it.” The policy will allow promoters to bring in more attractive options, Shoneman said. 

Shoneman noted that organizers appreciated the sponsors and close to 2,200 volunteers that helped to make the event so successful. 

“We hope that city dwellers and residents continue to come out and support,” Shoneman said. 

Greenville Police Department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said the event went smoothly on both Friday and Saturday. There were no concerns, arrests or issues throughout the event, Hunter said.

Contact Sharieka Botex at 252-329-9567 and sbotex@reflector.com. Follow her on Twitter @ShariekaB.

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