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Big crowd turns out for Saturday Shows

By Becky Thielke of the Daily Times staff

     Thousands of area residents turned out Saturday for the third day of Riverfest, enjoying the music, food, drinks, and meeting with friends.
     A large crowd gathered under trees near the stage as Nick Contorno's Big Top Brass Band kicked off the day's music at 11:30 a.m.
     The band delighted the crowd playing various Sousa marches, patriotic and circus music.
     Contorno said: "Welcome to this beautiful park. Today is the return of patriotism. Today we're going to play some of those wonderful tunes by Sousa. Another popular kind of music is that of the circus. We love to play circus music."

     Music the brass band played included "Washing Post March," "On Wisconsin" and "Kentucky Sunrise."
     Merle Zastrow of rural Watertown, who was among the crowd listening to the patriotic music, said, "It's a good brass band. It's a big band sound. We come every year at this time because they usually have a big band. This is the best. The best thing I like is the entertainment is free. We come every year. Where else can you get this type of music?"
     Pat Haase of Watertown added, "I like that kind of music. It's not a loud as rock and roll. I usually come every year." She said her favorite part about the festival is the variety of food available from restaurants.
     Marcy and Francis Godfroy indicated they like to come each year for the music.
     Al Anderson said it's a time for people to hear classic tunes. "I think it's a great opportunity for us to hear classic marches just like the old concert in the park days. It looks to me like Nick Contorno has great players up there. They sound great. Where else can you go to get this entertainment for free?" he said.
     Following the concert Contorno said, "We had a great time. Just being with the people, that's where it's at. They're (songs) my favorites. These guys are great, they're wonderful to work with. Little towns have the best things going on. It's real Americana. We should never lose this.