Fewer attended the Tall Ships Festival in Green Bay

Fewer people turned out for the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival this year than expected by organizers and less than the number recorded in 2006, the last time the maritime-themed event was in Green Bay.

About 51,621 people watched the ships arrive on Thursday and attended the festival between Friday and Sunday.

About 58,775 attended in 2006, said Terry Charles, a spokesman for PMI Entertainment Group, which organized the festival in Green Bay. PMI had predicted as many as 75,000 would attend the festival this year.

Weather and a three-day festival as opposed to four days appear to be the reasons.

Rain and heavy winds on Friday canceled some events and likely kept crowds down, Charles said. The festival this year also ran only three days after running four days in 2006, which also likely contributed to this year’s smaller numbers, he said.

The festival-opening “Parade of Sail” ceremony was held in Sturgeon Bay this year after taking place in Green Bay in 2006. Holding the ceremony in Sturgeon Bay lowered the turnout in Green Bay, Charles said. (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette)

Still a good event for bringing tourism dollars to Green Bay though.

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