ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- On the Waterfront has typically been a big fundraiser for local non-profits. In fact, since 1986, festival organizers say they raised over $10 million dollars for more than 300 organizations.
Dozens of groups staffed concession booths, beer tents, sold tickets and helped to keep the grounds clean.
In exchange, they got to keep a decent portion of their earnings. We caught up with the Arc, an organization that helps disabled stateliners and their families.
They've been going to the event from the beginning and could usually make a couple of thousand dollars.
"It's just very very sad. We're sad to see it go, we had a good time, patrons had a good time, pizza on earth had a good time, and we made some money which we desperately need for our programs," says Executive Director Jackie Neilboss.
The demise of the festival is actually good news for taxpayers. The Rockford Police Department won't have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars in overtime to secure the city and the festival Last year, the total was $88 thousand.
"Now we'd be scrambling to get everything ready for not only last night's concert, but the rest of the weekend. So we haven't had that to do," says Lt. Pat Hoey.
Of course this year, they did have to deal with the hells angels convention.
You probably remember when we first learned On the Waterfront was coming to an end, we were told RAVE would try and compensate for the loss.
Davis Park was to become the main location for smaller, more frequent local concerts featuring regional artists.