SIOUX CITY | They're pilgrims of a sort, the music fans who return again and again for Saturday in the Park.
Like those who attend Sioux City's big free concert for the first time, the faithful flock to Grandview Park from all over the country.
They come by the tens of thousands, some to catch a specific act from among a diverse lineup of a dozen musical acts. The music, and a wide array of food vendors and fun activities for adults and kids alike, give them abundant reason to return each year.
Started in 1991, the free outdoor concert takes place on the closest Saturday to July 4. The first event featured Gatemouth Brown, Bad Manners and Buckwheat Zydeco.
This year, from the time the music started at noon to when the fireworks closed out the night, Saturday in the Park attracted approximately 25,000 people to hear local bands as well as headliners The Avett Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Ziggy Marley and Wild Feathers. Last year's event included Melissa Etheridge, Sublime with Rome and ZZ Ward.
The free music festival will celebrate its 25th year in 2015.