Longtime Festival site manager Wayne Fricke led the effort, securing Memorial Stadium for the largest Festival to date with over 5,000 paid patrons. For the first time online ticket sales created the first Festival sold out in advance. The homebrew participation increased dramatically as the Carolina BrewMasters invited all of their fellow NC and SC homebrew clubs to participate and share their creations. Wayne managed the Festival like an astute business manager with excellent results. Charitable giving grew to $30,000. Regrettably, Wayne Fricke died of pancreatic cancer on March 13, 2008. A major contribution was made to the MS Society this year, as well as a designated donation in Wayne Fricke's memory.