Large numbers come out for Frost Fest

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By Jack Dalton
Lansing Star staff writer

Downtown Lansing hosted Frost Fest again this year, and it was bigger the second time around.

About 600 people from around the country came to the 200 block of South Washington Square Saturday evening for the event hosted by Downtown Lansing Inc. Tickets sold out by 8 p.m.

Sara Pawloski, communications and marketing manger at Downtown Lansing Inc., said attendees were playing the pool and checker tables made of ice all night, and 20 teams sat on a block of ice in the cold-butt euchre tournament. She said live music added to the event this year turned out to be a huge success.

“All three bands put an amazing show and helped us get a sell-out crowd,” Pawloski said. “Frost Fest was one of Atomic Tom’s biggest stops on their tour…and our local bands had the opportunity to say they played a sold-out show with them.”

After the beer tent closed at midnight, Atomic Tom made an appearance to hang out with fans at the Official Frost Fest After Party Hot Spot, The Tin Can.

Brandy Wiborn, general manager at The Tin Can, said the bar was packed and they were very happy with the turnout.

“Saturday is usually a pretty good night for customers,” Wiborn said. “We got a lot of people who usually don’t come here, and hopefully we can work something out for Frost Fest next year.”

Tiffany Chan, a Cooley Law School student from California, said she came to Frost Fest with her friends because it gave them something to do on a Saturday night.

“We don’t know much about any of the bands playing, but we like coming to downtown Lansing,” Chan said.

Curtis and Bridget Marr made the trip from Laingsburg, Mich., to see their son, Jason Marr perform with the Elliott Street Lunatic.

They both said they didn’t know much about the event but their son was performing. They too attended The Tin Can after party.

Pawloski said that everyone enjoyed themselves, despite temperatures dropping as low as 24 degrees Fahrenheit.

“That is the reason we do events like this,” she said. “So that people have an opportunity to come out and enjoy and discover downtown Lansing when otherwise they might not.”

While Pawloski said that Downtown Lansing Inc. hasn’t had much time to think about next year’s event, she did say she expects it to be even bigger next year.

“The only thing we’d do different would be to have a bigger tent,” she said with a smile. “Which is a good thing as we know that this is an event that people are excited about, and we will definitely see it continue to grow.”

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