Asked for his thoughts on the third annual Belfast Street Party, event producer Mike Hurley said he was impressed that people came.

Not that the party hasn’t been seen huge crowds in past years. The first Street Party, in 2009, arguably drew more than a thousand people, and the event has continued to grow each year, particularly with the addition of new carnival-style rides and food vendors.

The issue was the weather.

Prior to the event, Hurley described a “grueling weather watch” over the weekend before the planned Monday night event that forced organizers into a gamble based on probabilities that favored neither the regularly scheduled day, nor the rain date (Wednesday), but the day in between.

Given less than 24 hours to get the word out, they launched a campaign using everything from e-mail, word of mouth and local news outlets to the marquee of Hurley’s Colonial Theatre, on which the revision was spelled out in the large plastic letters normally reserved for movie titles.

And apparently it worked.

“It’s kind of remarkable that you can cancel an event on Monday and not have it on the advertised rain date, and still have thousands of people show up,” he said.

Second on Hurley’s list of remarkable features from this year’s Street Party was the sheer number of volunteers — 60 from Bank of America alone, but also groups from dozens of other organizations, including St. Margaret’s Church, Broadreach, three banks (Bangor Savings, Camden National and Key Bank), the Waldo County YMCA, Project Graduation and the Boy Scouts.

“The first year, I think there were four of us physically there,” Hurley said. “This year we had over 100 working.”

There were also large donations from Athenahealth and Bangor Savings Bank, Hurley said.

Though the scale and feel of the Belfast Street Party remained similar to past years, organizers have gradually added to the offerings, most obviously with the addition of one or two new carnival-style rides each year.

Hurley said the operator of one of these rides, apparently impressed with the crowds, told him at one point, “Mike, you’re going to need a bigger street.”

One of the most popular rides on Tuesday was a mechanical bull that seemed to get the better of an unending line of would-be cowhands.

At $4 a pop, the ride was the most expensive in the Street Party’s history, but judging from the lines, the price didn’t seem to be a deterrent. Hurley said the rides were rented for a set fee, and the ticket proceeds went to offset the cost and raise money for the downtown economic development group Our Town Belfast, for which the Street Party served as a fundraiser.

“Our goal is to have a party that is widely focused,” he said. “We have stuff that is not only fun to do but fun to watch,” Hurley said.

Judging from the spectators packed two-to-three deep around the inflatable corral as one rider after another was flung to the mat, the mechanical bull possessed some real blooper magnetism, and that part was free.

Another new ride was a four-station bungee trampoline that saw a significant amount of use on Tuesday. The Rat Race inflatable maze and monolithic rock wall and returned for their second and third years respectively.

A number of bands performed, including Don Nickerson and Country Mist, the Lincolnville Band, and Sistalicious. Other attractions included tarot readings, a dance number choreographed by Street Party veteran Courtney Porter, bounce houses and many food vendors.

Asked if there would be a Street Party in 2012, Hurley sounded a little tired, but he didn’t hesitate.

“Yeah, we’re doing again next year,” he said.

Dorothy Havey, executive director of Our Town Belfast said in the days after the Street Party she had heard nothing but positive comments, along with many photos from the event filled with smiling people.

She thanked several other groups, including Helping Hands, Cornerspring Montessori and Waldo Community Action Partners, which offered face painting, street chalk and cookie decorating for children, and the City of Belfast for providing picnic tables and garbage cans.

Havey recalled standing on High Street at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning with Hurley and Therese Bagnardi. “Picking up the last of the road barricades,” she said. “looking at each other and saying, ‘That was a good time.'”