Photographer: Levi Washburn
Lynchburg, VA- Friday night marked the end of another season of Friday Cheers in Lynchburg. Hundreds of people came out for the finale at Riverfront Park.
This summer, organizers had to battle mother nature several times, and they lost. Cheers was canceled twice because of bad weather and had to be rescheduled several times too. But organizers say despite all the shuffling around they had to do, they still had a heck of a season.
Hundreds of people all out for a good time, listening to good music, and enjoying good company. Organizers were happy to have a good turnout, especially after a season of juggling around dates and performers.
"We've had to be flexible, we've had to get creative. And luckily we've had some great volunteers and bands we've worked with and rescheduled. And they've been super flexible and easy to work with," said Anna Bentson, Executive Director of Lynch's Landing.
That flexibility allowed Cheers to bring out almost 1,500 people overall this season.
"Attendance wise it's been a really great year. We, um, have matched our attendance last year. We actually had two less Cheers in 2012 than we did in 2011. So our average attendance each week has been much higher, which is fantastic. We're really pleased with that," said Bentson.
Organizers are already looking forward to the 20-13 season.
"It's the 20th year we're going into a new decade of Friday Cheers next year and I'm sure it will be as great as it always has been," said Bentson.
Organizers say one of the main goals of Friday Cheers is to get people downtown. They want people to explore the area and see what all it has to offer.