Updated: June 10, 2021 09:03 AM
Created: June 10, 2021 07:32 AM
(ABC 6 NEWS) - After a summer with no music on Fountain Lake in Albert Lea, the weekly event is back for summer 2021.
The Albert Lea Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Main Street Program, and the City of Albert Lea have all worked together to make this tradition come back after not having a summer of music last year. Everyone is invited to come down and enjoy an hour and a half of live music at Fountain Lake Park. Last Thursday was the first concert and the turnout was more than they expected.
"Last week we had 650 people which I feel like was pretty intense it was just a two-piece band very local we are trying to keep all of the bands this year very local and so I had a personal goal of 400 so to hit 650 we were very excited," said Albert Lea Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director, Holly Karsjens.
Karsjens said you can tell people are ready to be back and enjoy this event.
"Last week was kind of that moment that all of us had been waiting for and the thing that we have been pointing to when we think about when we get back to normal. Just seeing everybody walk down the ramp and have their water bottles and their blankets and their lawn chairs and it was like hey! Are you excited? Cause I'm excited!," said Karsjens.
She said some boats were even out on the water pulled up to enjoy some tunes. This is also a way to get more people back into downtown Albert Lea after a hard year with COVID.
"It reiterates there is a lot of retailers, there is a lot of shopping, a lot of restaurants, there is the splash pad there is you know all these other things so I think just having people down in this area reminds people how wonderful and flourishing our downtown is," said Karsjens.
Albert Lea also has its farmers market downtown this summer on Wednesdays and Saturdays and after Thursdays on Fountain, there is the Bayside Water Ski Show at Edgewater Bay on the other side of the lake.
Karsjens said they do have to cancel for rain or bad storms. She said to watch the Albert Lea Convention and Visitor's Bureau's Facebook page to keep up to date.
Thursdays on Fountain runs every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and goes until August.
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