Organizers were saying that this edition of Last Call, the culmination of the nine-day Ohio Brew Week, boasted one of the biggest, if not the largest, crowd in the event’s history.
Just like the dozens of Ohio craft breweries from Portsmouth to Cleveland represented at OBW, the event drew many beer lovers and others from across Ohio and farther afield
They're separate events, but for many the real festivities of Ohio Brew Week comprise the Brew BQ on Friday night and the Last Call street party on Saturday.
And more often than not, rain figures in to one or both of the events. No one who was here will forget the "derecho" that struck during the 2012 Brew BQ, nor the heavy downpour that flooded Last Call in 2015.
Off and on rain cooled, then steamed, last year's Last Call.
This year, it was the Brew BQ's turn. The rain was heavy but had nothing like the effect of the 2012 storm. And by Saturday things were unseasonably cool and pleasant, and while there was a small rainstorm Saturday night, all it really did was make things almost chilly for awhile.
But both events, weather or not, were a great time for the thousands who took part in one, the other, or both.
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Friday night's Brew BQ started out pleasantly, with people getting together for an annual community event and joined by some out-of-towners.
It's never too early to begin appreciating good music. This young lad was fascinated by the singing and playing of Steve Zarate.
Brew BQ is a family event, with some wearing their finest mirrored sunglasses.
As the first sprinkles of rain began, many tried to carry on pretty much as usual.
But then the rain grew a little heavier.
One worry was the threat of watered-down beer, courtesy of the sky above.
Some took shelter beneath trees, not a good idea given the threat of lightning, but the relief proved only temporary, anyway.
The scene turned dismal at the cruise-in one field over.
The weather was dry Saturday afternoon as John Horne took the acoustic stage near North Court and Washington streets.
That's a shirt many people could have worn on North Court Street Saturday.
The crowd built earlier this year than it has in other, hotter years.
Julia Martin played to an appreciative audience on the acoustic stage.
This picture is a little misleading, because it captures a rare moment when there was no crowd at the waffle-battered chicken truck. Some of the food trucks sold out of their specialties by early evening.
Athens' own Colleen Carow played the acoustic stage mid-afternoon Saturday.
Among the enduringly popular local bands is the D-Rays, with their Appalachian surf-rock stylings. Here's bassist Missy Pence, on the electric stage mid-afternoon Saturday.
With drummer Maceo Gabbard in the background, D-Rays guitarist Erick Coleman lays down a signature riff.
Among those who most delighted in Last Call were people here from out of town.
The line for beer tokens started out long, and grew longer as the day progressed.
Dancing in front of the electric stage helps build upper body strength.
If you're old enough to stand up, you're old enough to dance at Last Call.
Beer was available. But you already knew that.
The line for tokens continued to grow. The token demand far exceeded the supply, so four runners were put to work collecting buckets full of them from the beer vendors, for reuse.
Even without beer, dogs always draw affection at Athens street parties.
There was more than just beer (if the phrase "just beer" has any meaning in Athens!) at Last Call. Dutch Creek Winery was on hand with its wares, too.
As the cool of the evening settled in, Liz Pahl closed things out on the acoustic stage.
In addition to beer and music, Last Call is about food. And, apparently, balloons.
As 6 p.m. approached, the skies began to darken, as they had the night before.
Locally popular D.J. Barticus played music from the electric stage late Saturday afternoon.
In front of the electric stage, beer was consumed . . .
. . . and dancing was indulged in.
And even a few faces got painted.
Last Call can be exhausting, and by late afternoon every spare inch of Court Street curb was occupied.
Here's Five Foot Forward on the electric stage as early evening and weather approached.
Possibly the happiest attendee of Last Call.
Here's a picture that sums up last call.
As a few sprinkles of rain arrived, the space under tent canopies became popular.
Rain or no rain, this group of young men found the opportunity to sit in the middle of the Court and State streets intersection too good to pass up.
A few attended Last Call in formal attire.
The crowds grew more ominous early in the evening.
And the breeze -- amazingly, it was actually a little chilly -- whipped up.
But the crowd in front of the electric stage was steadfast . . .
. . . and the line for tokens remained long.