BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood's signature summer festival saw a 40-percent attendance decrease from 2011, with just around 24,000 attendees at the 2012 CornFest.
The Brentwood Chamber of Commerce revealed the statistics on last summer's CornFest during a post-evaluation report presented to the Brentwood City Council this week. It also noted that sponsorship revenue dropped by nearly 17 percent and gate proceeds fell by around 19 percent.
As a fundraiser for about 30 local nonprofit organizations, CornFest raised $20,000 for those various groups, which is down from $50,000 in the previous year, chamber officials reported.
Chamber officials speculated Tuesday night that the three-day festival last July suffered from distant parking options, a poor economy and dust issues from the vacant property where it was held west of Brentwood Boulevard and south of Sand Creek Road.
"We are trying to address those issues going forward this year," said CornFest co-chair Dirk Zeigler.
In 2011, CornFest was held at the nearby Sciortino Ranch site at Sand Creek and Brentwood Boulevard. Before that, it was held in downtown Brentwood before the downtown improvements began a few years ago.
Despite the attendance and revenue declines, CornFest was a success in terms of the popularity of the live entertainment, carnival and fireworks and the lack of security issues, chamber leaders said.
To combat parking issues this year, Zeigler said that they are looking at providing a shuttle service through Tri-Delta Transit. He added that dust could be alleviated by planting in the field venue before and later cutting it down right before the event.
In other council news, the city will study the potential installation of surveillance cameras in major thoroughfares and near entrances and exits to the city to curtail crime. City officials plan to consult with other cities like Pittsburg with similar camera systems already in place regarding the costs and other logistics.
"I want to keep Brentwood as safe as it is currently," said Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant.
He added that he wants to make Brentwood the least desirable place for criminal activity to occur. Bryant said that the possible cameras could deter copper wire thefts and other popular crimes.
Paula King can be reached at 925-779-7174.