BELOIT - Perfect weather, a great venue and some rockin' tunes made for a successful Beloit International Film Festival (BIFF) second annual Blockbuster Block Party.
The one-night festival was held Saturday at the Ironworks campus, where the pedestrian bridge meets the west bank of the Rock River. Attendees agreed they loved the new location. Last year it was held along Third Street. The new digs gave a scenic view of the river and the pedestrian bridge.
"It's a gorgeous setting and perfect weather," said BIFF board member Susan Picking.
Sylvia Arner said the event was in an ideal location, along the river with great concessions, beverages and friends.
"If people don't know about it, they should put it on their calendar for next year," Arner said.
Jim and Shelley Locke of Beloit brought their friends from Clinton, Scott and Jo Christofferson, to enjoy the event.
The Lockes said they wanted to hear the bands and support BIFF on a beautiful night.
The evening kicked off with Minneapolis band Ian Alexy and the Deserters followed by headliner Trapper Schoepp and the Shades. Schoepp said he was excited to perform for a BIFF event.
"Any effort to bring the community together around art is a good thing," Schoepp said.
Schoepp said his music was a combination of rhythm and blues, rock and storytelling. Each song represented a ride at the Bay Beach Amusement Park, a concept his band recently released.
Beloit International Film Festival Board President Marty Densch and Executive Director Max Maiken said the Blockbuster Block Party has strong sponsorships and drink sales which help make it a successful fundraiser.
Steve Howland said he hopes awareness of events improving quality of life - such as the Blockbuster Block Party and other Beloit festivities - continue to increase as the city has so much to offer.
Greg Gerard, assistant director for BIFF, said he hopes the festival will continue to grow and become a major summer tradition on par with the Street Dance. As Beloit continues to attract new citizens, Gerard said BIFF is prepared to provide entertainment.
"We are ready," Gerard said.