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PG-500 grows in second year; possible changes in store for next year

Prince George Street was quiet on an evening in December 2018. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
Prince George Street was quiet on an evening in December 2018. (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

About a month after PG-500 rocked Prince George Street in Williamsburg, the New Year’s Eve event hosts are looking ahead to next year.

And considering if they should make any changes.

Hosted by Amber Ox public House and The Hound’s Tale, the New Year’s Eve block party grew in its second year by about 250 people, Amber Ox owner and event organizer Andrew Voss said.

Changes may be in store for PG-500 or Amber Ox’s annual event lineup, but Voss said the options are still being evaluated. This year, Amber Ox’s brewery, Precarious Beer Project, is set to open a beer hall on South Henry Street, which could open up new opportunities, Voss said.

“This isn’t me saying we won’t do it,” Voss said. “But we’re looking at the bigger picture of the events.”

The first PG-500 attracted nearly 700 people. On this New Year’s Eve, it attracted about 945 people, Voss said.

The event was not sold out, but Voss said the venue was still packed with people.

Voss said about 40 percent of ticket holders were from Williamsburg, 30 percent from Hampton Roads and 30 percent from out of state.

Voss said event organizers received a $6,000 grant from the City of Williamsburg Economic Development Authority, which covered entertainment and a sound technician — about 20 percent of the event’s total cost.

“The city really did step up and assist with the grant,” Voss said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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