Weather bogs down ArtPrize crowds in 2nd weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cold rainy weather made for smaller ArtPrize crowds on Saturday, the number of people in stark contrast to the first weekend’s record breaking attendance.

“It is 40 degrees and rainy, but the crowds that we see today are probably the most excited of the Artprize crowds,” said ArtPrize’s director of marketing Todd Herring.  “Every year at ArtPrize we always have a couple days where it is a little bit rainy, but again, it’s developed this culture of ArtPrize visitor that actually looks forward to going to ArtPrize in the rain because there aren’t the big crowds, parking is a little bit easier and it’s faster to get through the lines.”

But while the bad weather may draw a different type of ArtPrize crowd, it definitely draws a smaller crowd, which is difficult on businesses like food trucks.

Typically the second weekend is the biggest one for businesses like food trucks, according to Josh Boyd from the Midwest Taco Company, but not this time.

“It seems to be kind of [visitors are] rushing through and getting to see what they want to see and that’s it,” said Boyd.

If visitors are buying any food, Boyd admitted it’s probably not a cold smoothie.

“People definitely seem to be going for more the warmer stuff,” said Boyd.  “I mean we have good hot tacos, but I see people going more for the barbecue and stuff like that — coffee has been really big today.”

Boyd said the first weekend of the competition was very successful for them, so even breaking even for a couple of days they will still be ahead.  Boyd said the exposure for their soon to open Grand Haven restaurant also makes it worth their time and effort.

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