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23rd Annual Saturday in the Park boosts business and excites Siouxlanders

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Crowds gathered Saturday at Grandview Park for Sioux City's biggest music festival of the year.

Ferris wheel rides, food stands, and of course, music, are a few of the main attractions at the 23rd annual Saturday in the Park.

It is an event some people look forward to all year long.

And, everyone has their favorite part of the day.

"I love listening to the bands and I actually have a few friends that perform. And, I love the amazing food and it's fun. The kids zone is really fun," concert-goer Jasmine Kearney said.

"I love all the food stands because you get to just sit on the hill and eat snow cones and listen to all the great music," Sioux City resident Megan Jensen said.

The festival isn't just a big deal for concert-goers. It also helps benefit businesses in our area.

"For the impact it has on the community, you know, with hotels, restaurants, and the vendors that are able to come out here and have a great day of business, it's huge," Volunteer Coordinator Brent Stockton said.

Renee Welte lives in Sioux City and says it's not always easy convincing people to move here, but a day like today is a huge selling point.

"It's hard to recruit people to this area, and then you see this, and this is what we talk about. This is what we sell people on Sioux City," Welte said.

"It's a great, great event for Sioux City. Cities around the world who would be absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to have this event in their city," Stockton said.

One of the early afternoon performers, Tallgrass, entertained the crowd as they waited for the headliner to take the stage.

"Having Melissa Etheridge here this year is awesome. It's just so neat that Sioux City has this here," Welte said.

"That last act is really a lot of fun and the crowd is so big at that point and it's really just cool to stand back and look at everything and see what's going on," Stockton said.

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