Updated 10/12/2010 08:53 AM
Festival goers say goodbye to another successful ACL
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An estimated 200,000 people journeyed the grounds of Zilker Park this weekend for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
The descent of the iconic guitar sign Monday signified the end of an incredibly successful ACL Music Festival, and with eight stages and 130 bands, clean up is expected to take the rest of the week.
"This year's ACL was one of the best. The weather was incredible," City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.
The show's producer, C3 Presents, takes care of cleaning up Zilker Park, and the city sends crews into the surrounding neighborhoods to remove any trace of music fans who know how to have a good time.
After C3 Presents leaves the park later this week, fertilizing and watering the grass will city's number one priority.
"It's should be in great condition, and we should have a nice turf for the rest of the year," Ovalle said.
As a final close to the festival, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport sent ACL goers away with more live music.
Travelers at the airport reflected on their time in Austin.
"The weather was gorgeous this year. It was sunny, it didn't get too hot. It was cool at night. Couldn't have been more perfect if I had asked for it," traveler Mallory Cantrell said. "I mean I'll still go regardless of the weather for sure. I went last year and it was like a monsoon of rain. So, it's definitely all about the experience."
Next year the festival is scheduled from September 16 to 18, and fans can likely bet on it being much warmer.
C3 Presents works with city officials and the University of Texas to figure out when it's best to hold the festival each year.
Zilker Park is set to reopen to the public Monday.