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OAK RIDGE (press release)—The 2015 Oak Ridge Secret City Festival drew record attendance at more than 5,700 collectively.

Concerts by the Marshall Tucker Band and Three Dog Night attracted the highest number of spectators in festival history with more than 2,200 and more than 3,500, respectively.

“We were ecstatic with the turnout for both concerts,” says, Marc DeRose, Executive Director of the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau, “we knew the bands would be popular but didn’t expect to see quite so many people. It was outstanding!”

The previous record was 2,300 for the Rick Springfield concert in 2013.

Throughout festival, attendees took part in various activities from water slides to the TN Creates Juried Art Show by entertainers, vendors and exhibitors.

The most popular event during the day on Saturday was the World War II Battle of Normandy Reenactment. the  WWII reenactors portrayed the battle in a spectacular visual. The discharge of weaponry included tanks, artillery and the anti-aircraft weapon, Flak 88, and could be heard from all over Oak Ridge.

“The success of the 2015 festival was really due to the hard work of our city staff and our numerous volunteers,” said Jon Hetrick, director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Oak Ridge. “We are also very grateful for the generous contributions of our festival sponsors, without whom we could never have put on the festival.”

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