Cleanup begins in wake of Made in America festival

Drew Millett (left) and Brent Walko, both of Harrisburg, remove picnic tables as part of the cleanup after the Made in America concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Story, B3.
Drew Millett (left) and Brent Walko, both of Harrisburg, remove picnic tables as part of the cleanup after the Made in America concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Story, B3. (DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer)
Posted: September 05, 2012

Amid a steady drizzle, legions of workers Monday dismantled the massive stages, picked up tons of debris, and hauled away the portable toilets left behind after the two-day Made in America concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

City officials declared the event a success and said they aimed to remove its vestiges in time for rush hour Tuesday.

Despite concerns that the concerts would trigger mayhem, misbehavior, and gate-crashing, Mayor Nutter's spokesman said police made only one arrest: A man charged with stealing a beer from a vendor.

More than 80,000 ticketed customers attended the concerts, held on three stages in front of the Art Museum. Now city officials and the concert promoters will evaluate whether there will be a repeat.

"We're going to look at the numbers and figure out what's next," said the spokesman, Mark McDonald. He said the city's cost for the event would be released after the numbers are tallied.

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