Rain washed away EDGEFest's out-door celebration plans Saturday but failed to kill the rock 'n' roll. Nearly 500 fans, musicians and KBVU staffers gathered in the Elks Lodge Saturday to raise $2500 to benefit five local causes.
EDGEFest, organized by KBVU 97.5 The EDGE of Buena Vista University, suffered its first rainout in four years, but hasty re-organization inside the Elks Lodge resulted in KBVU's most successful indoor concert ever.
"When we opened the gates at 3 p.m., we had 175 customers waiting to be among the first to get their free t-shirts," said KBVU advisor Dr. Bruce Ellingson. The concert concluded at 10 p.m.
The rain did have its impact. "Last year, EDGEFest attracted nearly 1000 participants. This year we really had no idea what to expect when we moved from Sunset Park at mid-day Saturday. We were overjoyed at the turnout," said Ellingson. "Nearly everyone stayed until the guitar give-away, which ended the show."
Saturday's entire gate proceeds will go to the following causes: The American Cancer Society - $500; Faith, Hope & Charity - $500; Storm Lake Dollars for Scholars - $1000; and Alta Public School -$500.
"This year had a lot of last minute challenges, but we pulled it off and it was one of the best years yet," said KBVU music director Scott Beck.
KBVU's Hilary Dunn adds, "Every band brought something a little different to the stage and it made for a great concert."
KBVU hosted a dinner Monday, May 12 to present checks to representatives of Dollars for Scholars, The American Cancer Society, and Faith, Hope & Charity. Plans are already being made for next year's music festival.