Organizers of the All Saints Music Festival are still a little stunned with the turnout at their event on Friday, May 20. The bi-annual music event is hosted by the five rural Catholic parishes located south of Hastings and raises money to fund various ministries in the individual communities.
Billed as the "first party of summer," the outdoor music festival featured two bands and offered local food and drink, and was held in a very appealing rural setting, the Little Log House show grounds, owned by Steve and Sylvia Bauer.
"We knew that the beautiful weather would bring in a lot of last-minute ticket sales," said Patti Brown, a parishioner at the Church of St. Mary in New Trier, who oversees tickets sales.
On-line tickets sales ended the day before the concert, topping out at 1,033 tickets sold. Gate tickets sales brought in another 900 people. And, with tickets provided to business sponsors and radio stations for contesting, as well as those concert tickets sold after weekend Masses in the five parish communities, it's estimated that more than 3,500 people attended the event.
The festival headlined '80s and '90s cover band Hairball, an act with a large following and known to put on a stage performance complete with lights, smoke, large monitors and pyrotechnics. The opening '50s and '60s band, TC Cats, has won many local competitions and do-whop contests, and is often featured at large corporate events in the Twin Cities.
The individual parishes plan to use the additional funds for youth ministries, mission trips, Catholic school education, faith formation, homebound ministries and other parish priorities.
"Great sponsors. Great weather. Great music. Great food and drink. And great volunteers. We could not be happier with the results!" said Julie Strommen, a St. John the Baptist parish volunteer who assisted with promotion and sponsorship sales.