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The 2012 Heritage Hillside Series wrapped up Wednesday, Aug. 22, with a musical performance by Trigger Happy, a local country music group.

Every Wednesday since the beginning of July, Hillside Series attendees went to the New Richmond Heritage Center to see musical acts such as Ten Mile Creek, St. Croix Ramblers, The Elvis Show and more.

Overall, this year's Hillside Series went smoothly and drew big crowds week after week, according to coordinator Sue Langford.

Langford said The Elvis Show, featuring Joe Sir and his Rockabilly Rebels Band, attracted the most attendees this summer.

"We figured that was a little over 500," Langford said. "We usually hover between 300 and 500. It depends on the music and it depends on the weather."

Though the event is rain or shine, Langford said the Hillside series has been incredibly fortunate to have good weather almost every week.

"In eight years we've had to move inside three times," Langford said.

Each week, those in attendance also enjoyed snacks and other activities provided by the different community sponsors. For the final evening, Bremer Bank was the sponsor and provided root beer floats and watermelon for the audience.

According to Langford it is $500 to be a sponsor and sponsors can do as little or as much as they want to promote their business.

Kids also had the opportunity to work on art projects with Messes and Masterpieces each week during the series. At the final event, kids decorated trash barrels with paint.

Other projects throughout the summer included decorating trees and a variety of objects and shadow photography.

Christine Melby of Messes and Masterpieces said their organization is committed to building community, so being involved with the Hillside Series provided a great opportunity to connect with people of all ages from the area.

"We try to plan activities that all ages can participate in," Melby said.

Those in attendance could also purchase some produce from local farmers, tour the Heritage Center's buildings, get a henna tattoo, purchase Gelato from Table 65 and just enjoy the company of friends and neighbors.

Langford said they will not start planning next summer's events for a while but hopes to bring a few of this summer's musicians back to perform, as well as add in new ones.

"We try to change up the music as much as possible," Langford said. "I think people like the variety."

Langford said she is always open to new ideas and wants to continue to keep the event as affordable as possible.

"I want people to come, set up their picnic supper, sit back and enjoy," Langford said. "We want to keep it free and keep it as low cost as possible."