ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The transition of Fair St. Louis from the riverfront to Forest Park while the Arch grounds are being renovated hasn’t been easy, but it’s being celebrated as a success.
Speaking Saturday prior to the third and final day of the fair’s 2014 run, Metro Transit chief John Nations said Friday night was a showcase night for MetroLink trains, and he’s pleased with how the 4th of July crowd embraced using them, “On the biggest night of the year, ninety minutes after the fireworks show ended at 10:16pm, the train platforms had emptied out and everybody was on their way. We’re very proud of that.”
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the crowds have been anything but unruly, “One arrest is all we’ve had, one arrest of a 17-year-old who thought it was a good idea to bring fireworks to the park and shoot them off.”
Fair St. Louis Foundation chair Parker Condie tells KMOX, even a Rock-N-Roll Hall of Famer praised Friday night’s production, “Headliner Bonnie Raitt said, and I quote ‘This is about the most well-run festival I’ve done in my career.'”
Condie says he’s paid close attention to the traffic flow into and out of the venue, “The folks coming down to park inside the park are having a great experience. We’re getting them out quickly. And we’ve seen a lot of people walking and riding bicycles in. The bike valet area is jam-packed. Love to see that being used.”
Condie says no firm decision has been made about next year’s Fair St. Louis location, but it cannot return to the Arch grounds next summer, as construction there will still be underway.