Common Ground '09: How'd It Go?

By: Chris Sutter Email
By: Chris Sutter Email

They've picked out their last seat, bought their last ice cream cone, and watched their final concert.

Common Ground 09 is in the books

"Another good year rockin," says Kim Vogel.

After thousands have called Adado Riverfront park their summer party zone for the past week.

"Every day's been a good crowd," Alvin Cotton says.

The audience for 3 Doors Down looks pretty impressive, but just how big have these crowds been all week, and how good has it been for Lansing's economy?

"If we miss last year's attendance, it will only be by a couple of thousand and it's turning out to be a nice show tonight, so we may hit that," Organizer Malinda Barr says.

That's over 80 thousand, which equals close to a 5 million dollar economic impact. Something organizers weren't sure they'd see in the middle of intense economic turmoil, but they think their savior was Saturday's ten dollar admission.

"Saturday is typically a slower day, but last night proved us wrong, we had over 95 hundred people last night," Barr says.

"It's a good way for people out here to sample it," Cotton says.

But the real winners from the festival are people like local vendor, Rich Kelley. He says his business has sky rocketed-- by more than 15%

"People came, they had a good time, they spent some money, I'll tell you what....there's no recession in Lansing this week," Kelley says.

And he's just wishing it lasted a little longer.

"I could do another week, no problem," he says.

Other folks though, could use a break.

"They use the year to recover," Barr explains.

But when the event's 11th year begins...

"Oh yeah I'll be back," Cotton says.

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