Officials from the Three Rivers Regatta believe weather may be to blame for the decrease in attendance in 2012.
During the Regatta’s 35-year history, officials said they estimate 500,000 people visit each year. Regatta officials were hoping for at least 100,000 more than that in 2012, but fell short of the goal.
Meteorologist Scott Harbaugh said the average temperature for this time of year is 83 degrees, however the average temperature during this year’s Regatta was 94 degrees.
Throughout the five-day Regatta, the crowds were offered power boat races, sand sculptures, laser shows, ice skating rinks and fireworks.
Officials said thousands of people packed Point State Park and the North Shore on Wednesday night to watch the EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks Fantasia.
Despite the heat, the Regatta staff called the event very successful. City work crews began the final step on Thursday, the cleanup process.