Art in the Park packs in more than 250,000 spectators

Art in the Park packs in more than 250,000 spectators
BOISE - Art in the Park draws in thousands of spectators and that means lots of extra revenue for Boise.

"I'm gonna rock around the clock tonight. I'm gonna rock, rock rock till broad daylight," sings Gerry Youmans, from Washington.

"It's real cool. it's like the most amazing instrument I ever saw in my whole entire life," says Skyler, while watching the performance.

"I've been coming to this event since 1992 and if I didn't get tips I wouldn't be able to come and spend the time and gas to be here," says Youmans.

"It does have a little drum, bum bum do do dum," says Skyler.

Jerry Youmans travels all over wowing the crowds. He says it's events like Art in the Park that keep artists going and without them he'd be broke.

"It all goes together. If I wanted to make money I woudn't be a musician and if I don't make money I can't be a musician," he says.

Whether you're a street performer, painter, or sculpture, everyone here knows one thing.

"It's probably my best exposure," say Betty Johansen.

For the past 32 years, Johansen has brought her art to the park, but this year she made sure the price was right.

"I've tried to make some smaller lower cost items so everyone can buy something," she says.

"I'm thinking I can buy this piece of pottery and buy it with all my change," says Ethan, who loves art.

"I think it's neat because it's a way to celebrate art, but also to appeal to all pallets and all price points and all variations of different fun things," says Jeni Williams, Art in the Park Coordinator.

Things brought here from all over and that means lots of extra spending.

"It's something that's been a staple to Boise for 56 years and people come from all over the U.S.," she says.

This year more than 250,000 people strolled through Julia Davis Park, watching people like Jerry perform, collecting silverware they can't exactly use for dinner, or simply buying gifts for others.

"This is for my mom and I think she would like it because she would be able to hang it up on the Christmas tree, when it was Christmas," says Ethan.

It's customers like Ethan and spectators like Skyler...

"It's kind of funny. You know the coconut clapper that's the funny part and these eagle wings are kind of like shakers and it's really funny," says Skyler.

"When you see kids like that, you know dancing and having a good time, I mean how do you put a price tag on that," says Youmans.

That will keep Art in the Park thriving for decades.

This is the Boise Art Museum's largest fundraiser, in fact it generates enough money to keep the museum open all year.