Last Thursdays Downtown ends early, organizers still see successful year

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(ABC 6 News) – The rain ended a popular summer event a little early on Thursday.

Thursdays Downtown held its last night of the summer this Thursday, with organizers shutting it down around 6 p.m.

Both vendors and organizers say the last two years have been tough due to the ongoing construction and the pandemic, but they say this year has been very successful. The weather has been great until this week when organizers had to make the decision to cancel the last few hours of the street event by consulting with the National Weather Service and Rochester Police Department to keep everyone safe.

"Knowing that there’s a storm coming and we need time to tear down. We just hope everybody would be considerate and it’s not easy to set up and tear down an event in a short amount of time but that’s what we need to do when weather really dictates what it is that we do," Katie Adelman, Director of Content & Communications with Rochester Downtown Alliance, said.

Although vendors had to start tearing down early, people still got to enjoy food and drinks until the storm rolled in. People at Thursdays said the bars and restaurants still kept their customers happy.

"Very polite to their customers. You can’t get better service than all of these stands have. They could’ve kept it open a little bit longer but I guess that it takes a long time for them to close up and everything and get everything packed away," Chatfield resident Brian Miller said.

Thursdays Downtown will return in 2023.