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Festival organizers say Life is Beautiful a success on first day

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Festival organizers say Life is Beautiful a success on first day

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Oct 27, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- They sang. They ate. The rode the Ferris wheel.  

The festival co-founder Rehan Choudhry said, "We had 2,000 people walk in the door in the first seven minutes. We are incredibly enthusiastic about how the community is supporting us."

For those at the first Life is Beautiful Festival in downtown Las Vegas, life was good. 

"The logo is a heart and is sounds corny, but that's where the festival is coming from, from the heart," according to Allen Stone, the event's co-music producer. 

It was over a year in the making: 60 bands, 80 chefs, 30 speakers, a dozen international artists and of course Cirque du Soleil.

Organizers even provided a giant message board.

Shana Glenzer came all the way from Washington, D.C., "There were amazing bands, chefs, all this great culture in one place. I think it was awesome."

From high above or from down below, festival organizers seem to have thought of everything to make this a beautiful experience for everyone. But they did forget one thing: More shade.

Choudhry said it was sunnier than he expected for October.  

Sun wasn't an issue for one group of visitors. But counterfeit tickets from Craigslist were.

Dean Fnckel said, "We came from Baltimore to have a good time and got some tickets but they were fake and they won't let us in which is a bummer."

Shuttles helped ticket holders to and from the event which organizers said hit 25,000 Saturday. 

The COO for Life is Beautiful, Ashley Goodhue said, "We are 100 percent coming back next year. The response has been incredible and our city and partners have really lifted us all up."

That's good news for many who can't wait to come back.  

The 10 miles of fence will stay up through Sunday when the festival reopens at noon.