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Rhythm and Booms to be 'evaluated' next week, organizer says

By Theo Keith, tkeith@wisctv.com
Published On: Jul 04 2013 09:44:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2013 01:59:58 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A downsized Rhythm and Booms -- without the money-making attractions that frustrated neighbors for years -- brought thousands of people to Madison's north side Wednesday.

The 21st year of the fireworks show still featured big crowds, but no beer sales, carnival or live music. The event was on a weekday instead of a Saturday, and shortened from an all-day affair.

Neighbors said they were supportive of keeping Rhythm and Booms on the north side if it continued to be like Wednesday's event, but wanted it moved somewhere else if it returned to the way it has been.

The organizing group, Madison Festivals, Inc., will meet next Wednesday to evaluate the show and the finances. Sponsorships declined this year because of the shorter event, said Rita Kelliher, the group's president.

Kelliher said she "would bet" that Rhythm and Booms would continue next year, although the group's full board still needs to decide. Some of the past money-making activities will likely need to be a part of the event in future years, she said.

There was no immediate official crowd estimate Wednesday.

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