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The Sheepdogs perform during the band’s headlining set at Rock the Block 2013 on Rosser Avenue early Saturday morning.
At least 3,000 people crowded Rosser Avenue for Rock the Block this year, however, the Brandon University Students’ Union doesn’t have a final tally yet.
"It looked a lot like last year, maybe more," said BUSU vice-president external Jenna Clinton, meaning at least 800 people purchased tickets at the gate.
Event organizers were looking to broaden the age of the audience this year — not only to welcome new and returning students, but to attract the entire city, a decision that may have paid off.
The budget for the four-act concert surpassed $100,000 and Clinton said she’s confident the student union will turn a profit from the event, adding it also made money on last year’s event.
"We basically did the same things as last year," she said. "For the most part, it cost about the same."
Clinton said the money will return to BUSU coffers to put on more events for students and give more money to the union’s services.
"It goes back to the students. We don’t use it for our benefit."
On Saturday morning, there weren’t many clues to suggest the party happened since some 40 volunteers stayed until almost 4 a.m. cleaning the garbage strewn on Rosser Avenue.
The Sheepdogs, Helix, Dallas Smith and 18 Rabbit of Brandon took to the stage during the annual event on Friday that shook downtown Brandon until 1 a.m.
"Everything went exactly on time, everything happened the way we wanted it to, everyone that worked for us showed up, there were no serious problems and everyone that came was well-behaved," Clinton said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 16, 2013