SPOKANE, Wash. - The 35th annual Pig Out in the Park is in the books and it was a good year for food vendors and the downtown area.
Event organizer Bill Burke says the food festival has a $4.1 million dollar economic impact on the city.
"This has been the best Pig Out ever," Burke said. "Obviously people were excited for this one because they showed up in droves."
Burke says about 112,000 people came to eat and watch the bands. He adds there were about 20,000 more people in attendance this year than last. He attributes the growth to better marketing outside the Spokane area.
"We saw an increase from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, from Oregon, from British Columbia, we saw people out of Alberta this year," Burke said.
For venders like Daniel Miranda, who owns the Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Stand says they did very well.
"We're all really tired," Miranda said. "But it's been a great week, like I said before it's the crowd that kind of keeps you going."
He says he was surprised to see how their new bacon wrapped corn dog did.
"It destroyed the hot dog, everyone loves the bacon wrapped corn dog it's something new to them it's something they haven't experienced, it's definitely something everyone wants to try," Miranda said.
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