Stuart Main Street and the Downtown Business Association (DBA) of Stuart announced today that last weekend’s Dancin’ in the Streets drew a record-breaking crowd of over 7,000 people to Downtown Stuart.
“It was an awesome night,” said planning committee chair Bill Moore. “The weather, music, and publicity all worked together to bring everyone out in support of Downtown Stuart!”
The annual Street Party and Music Festival is Downtown Stuart’s biggest fundraiser, helping to pay for promoting Downtown Stuart all year with popular attractions like the Rock’n Riverwalk music series, Christmas on Main Street Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting, and local and regional advertising campaigns. “Since we discontinued our Pirate Fest fundraiser last year, Dancin’ in the Street has become our primary fundraiser,” explained DBA President, Patty O’Connell. “With the success of this year’s event we hope to do more to keep our downtown vibrant and healthy.” The fundraiser also supports economic and revitalization initiatives in the Downtown area, such as the popular outdoor dining areas introduced Downtown last year.
After a near rain out in 2012, this year event organizers expanded the festival to run from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., brought in food trucks and an expanded children’s area, and added advance ticket sales. “The advance tickets were a huge hit,” said Stuart Main Street President, Patty McAuley. “Friday evening people were literally hunting them down at various locations.” Festival organizers offered the advance ticket at a $5 discount.
This year’s event was organized by a core committee of downtown supporters and staffed by almost 200 volunteers. It is also supported by annual sponsors Seacoast National Bank, Southern Eagle Distributing, Schumacher Music, and Crown Car Care. Event sponsors included United Way of Martin County, Duffy’s Downtown Stuart, Treasure Coast Multimedia , Felix Associates of Florida, SVI Systems Inc., Frameworks HR Consulting , Howard Alan Events, Maggie and Roger Bernot, Michael Wahl, McCarthy, Summers, Bobko, Wood, Norman, Bass & Melby PA, Ocean Gate Construction, Inc., Proctor, Crook, Crowder and Fogal CPA, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, Water Pointe Realty Group, Ferraro Law Group, PL, and Shuckers & Island Beach Resort; Media Sponsors Coast 101.3, Jack FM and Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers; Food Sponsors Bagel Brothers of NY, Santo’s Pizza Restaurant, The Fresh Market, BMerry Gastro Pub, Pelican Cafe, Ellie’s Downtown Deli, and Eighteenth Seminole Street.