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Rochester Fringe Festival calls 2017 "most successful Fringe yet"

This year's KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival saw more attendees and performances than any year before. (Photo: Erich Camping)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - This year's KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival saw more attendees and performances than any year before.

According to organizers, attendance is estimated at more than 78,000 people. That is a 15 percent increase over the 68,000 estimated attendees at the 2016 festival.

The festival ran September 14-23 and featured more than 500 performances.

“We are actually being called ‘the Rochester model’ by other fringe festivals across the U.S. and the world because of these huge, free shows that we provide every year,” Festival Producer Erica Fee said. “They aren’t easy to locate or afford – and we hope we can continue to find downtown, outdoor space for them in the future – but making the arts accessible to the public is a key part of our mission.”

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival will add an extra day in 2018, due to what organizers call "overwhelming demand."

The 2018 festival will open on September 12 and run until September 22, making it an 11-day event.

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