Rain and gas shortages cut the crowds at Mint Hill Madness last weekend. Instead of the 70,000-plus originally expected, event director Jack Bryan estimates about 27,000 came to the annual festival.
“Between the rain, the gas shortage and the economy, it's somewhat remarkable that things went as well as they did,” said Bryan.
Though attendance was down, Bryan says he still believes the event broke even financially, and organizers are starting to plan for next year.
“We'll learn from what happened, we'll improve what we can, and we'll hope for a sunny weekend next September,” said Bryan.
Next year's festival is set for Sept. 25-27.