Volunteers counted license plates from more than 15 states. Jim Sutherland, who provided carriage rides on Friday and Saturday nights, said he had passengers from England and Belgium.
Wojcik said he took pleasure in overhearing people at restaurants and stores talking about the display. Mrozek said he was once stopped at a gas station by people who recognized the logo on his hat and wanted to compliment the effort.
“We wanted it to be water-cooler talk,” said Kiwanis member Joe Meidl. “And it was.”
Organizers have even begun planning for 2013.
And though it’s a bit early to divulge too many secrets, Wojcik said visitors can expect more, bigger and better.
“We’ve already got ideas for next year,” he said.