Todd Bowman took the leadership reins and elevated the event to the next level with his marketing, publicity and leadership skills. The Festival partnered with Steve Emmanuel of the Rheinland Haus restaurant on Park Road to hold the event in the restaurant's front parking lot. Brewer participation increased, and attendance swelled to over 2500 patrons. CBM finally had enough money to effectively plan the next year's Festival without going into debt. Proceeds also allowed the club to make an $8000 charitable donation to the Red Cross.