AquaPalooza again sets attendance record

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An estimated 7,000 boats and 65,000 to 70,000 people attended Brad Paisley’s concert on Saturday at the AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas, according to a release from Sea Ray Boats and its dealer Sail & Ski Center.

The results are nearly double last year’s record-setting event. This year’s attendance numbers are a compilation of on-site estimates by state and local officials, online registrations, and aerial comparisons and calculations.

“We are extremely complimentary of the event organizers. From a public safety perspective, the event was very successful,” Roger Wade, public information officer from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, said in the release. “We plan for the worst and hope for the best. This event turned out to be the best, with very few on-water incidences, especially for an event of this magnitude.”

The week of AquaPalooza-related festivities featured the Signature Event on Saturday, which was headlined by Paisley, in conjunction with his current H2O World Tour. The week also included a Battle of the Bands on Friday, plus an all-day music bill preceding Paisley featuring Matt Stillwell, Joanna Smith, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann.

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