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Proceeds up 70 percent over last year

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
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The audience at Gardenstock listens to The Acoustic Knuckle Ride perform Aug. 17 at Distinctive Gardens in Dixon. A record 2,200 people attended the all-day festival, bringing in $10,300 for Sinnissippi Center's Youth Garden Program.

DIXON – More people attended the Gardenstock Art & Music Festival this year than ever.

More than 2,200 people went to the all-day festival at Distinctive Gardens, generating $10,300 – a 70 percent jump from last year’s proceeds, organizers said in a news release.

Proceeds help fund Sinnissippi Center’s Youth Garden Program, which provides hands-on gardening experiences for at-risk youths involved with Sinnissippi and donates produce raised to the Dixon Food Pantry.

Festivalgoers came from as far as Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri, and Smoot Productions and Distinctive Gardens teamed up to create a feature-length documentary on the festival and the area’s cultural scene.

Work is underway to create a feature-length film that will premiere next summer. Those proceeds also will go to Sinnissippi’s garden program.

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