High Noon on the Square has come a long way in 24 summers.

It's still on Wednesdays on the Potter County Courthouse lawn, but the crowds have definitely changed since 1994.

"The joke was that you could put all the people who came that first year around one picnic table," said Beth Duke, executive director of Center City of Amarillo, which sponsors the free weekly event. "It was a brown-bag lunch deal with very small crowds."

Not any more. When Insufficient Funds performs Wednesday in the last High Noon on the Square this year, the lawn probably will be packed with dancing kids and their somewhat-relaxed parents; music-loving adults; business folks enjoying their lunch outside; picnic tables, quilts, lawn chairs, sandwiches and Joe Taco's fajitas.

The festivities have included more than the musical acts of Andy Chase, Buster Bledsoe, the Dust Jackets, Pat Swindell & Esquire Jazz, and Mason Jar Reloaded. The casts from "Texas" the Musical and Summer Youth Musical's "The Secret Garden" performed in June and dancers from Lone Star Ballet executed their techniques last month.

"We've had a great summer; we've had great weather," Duke said.

High Noon on the Square was one of the first projects Center City, which is in its 25th year, started. It only had been during the months of June and July until about three years ago when a few August dates were added.

"Once school starts we know we're not going to get a big crowd," Duke said.

Attendance per event increased from last year, she said, but overall attendance dropped slightly because only nine events were planned this summer. With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday, Center City didn't have an event that day.

Duke said one of the highlights each week is seeing people from throughout Amarillo coming downtown to join in the small-town-feel atmosphere. It's not just people from southwest Amarillo or southeast Amarillo but from everywhere, even from outside the city.

However, Wednesday is the last time this year to capture that feeling.