The weather could not had been any better Saturday for one of the biggest downtown events of the year. Sunshine and good times for four packed hours led to a successful run of the 2021 BREWS & Cruise in downtown Gillette.
There was plenty to see, drink and eat by the thousands in attendance this year. It was a success in many ways for those making their way through downtown to enjoy dozens of classic cars, live music, cold brew, good eating and hometown shopping.
“This is our first time coming to this. We read a lot about it online last week and figured we would check it out,” said Britney Bain of Wright, who spent the afternoon with her kids strolling Gillette Avenue. “There almost isn’t enough time to enjoy it all but I we made it. We’ll be back for more things like this here.”
Gillette Avenue and Third Street Plaza was filled with festival goers from start to finish. It was a tribute to all the behind-the-scenes work done by the Gillette Main Street organization leading up to the event and the hard work from dozens of volunteers.
“We had a great event and are very happy with the turnout,” said Jessica Seders, Gillette Main Street Executive Director. “I estimate around 3,000 people throughout the day which is about the same as last year.”
She noted that it would not have been possible without the community chipping in.
“We had a record number of volunteers, 40 for the day and we couldn’t do any of our events without their willingness to commit a full day to helping us out,” Seders said.
It was a successful second annual BREWS & Cruise. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the event was held separately as the BrewFest and SummerFest. To limit the social gatherings to one, Gillette Main Street merged both into one popular event to end the summer.
And the winner is …
The Beer has been poured, tasted and consumed in deciding this year’s People’s Choice winners.
First place of the 2021 BREWS & Cruise People’s Choice went to Gruner Brothers Brewing. Second-place honors was earned by Accomplice Beer Company, Cheyenne and third pace went to our local Big Lost Meadery and Brewery.
“Another successful event in the books for Gillette Main Street,” Seders said.