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April 29, 2012

Estimates point to largest turnout yet

NORMAN —  

The fifth installment of the Norman Music Festival has come to a close, leaving music fans with fond memories and business owners with full pockets.

“The estimated attendance was up on Thursday and Friday night from previous years. This is very preliminary, but it seems like this is the biggest Norman Music Festival to date from eyeballing the crowd,” Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau communications manager Stefanie Brickman said.

“When you’ve got bands coming from out of town and festival-goers from out of town that’s a good thing for Norman.”

The three-day festival has become the crown jewel of the Norman entertainment calendar, and the numbers keep climbing, but Brickman prefers a sky’s-the-limit attitude.

“We’d love for it to go to the point to where it fills up all of Norman’s hotels. We’re getting closer,” he said.

Pink Elephant Cafe Owner Shannon Sherrod said she looks forward to the festival every year.

“It’s getting better and better. Each year we make more money,” Sherrod said.

Tres restaurant owner J. Michael Sherrod said it’s even bigger than he expected.

“We’ll do a lot better job next year, knowing what we’re dealing with,” he said.

Still, he felt it was a success for all involved.

“I don’t think there were any headaches. It’s been a pretty good deal. People are great.”

Also in its first year on Main Street, The Garage experienced its first taste of the Norman Music Festival.

“It’s been bananas,” assistant manager Jirka Rivera said. “Business has booming all day and (the music) has been awesome.”

Beer vendor Lisa Ash opened shop at 9 a.m. said it’s been non-stop.

“I’d say we’ve sold more than 2,500 beers,” Ash said.

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