At the close of the season James White summed up the success of what had been an experiment. He explained:
Much can be done with tents, and but little can be accomplished in the summer season in any other way. For example: One year since at our conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, a good hall was obtained, and the people were notified by handbills, and through the daily paper, yet on First-day but few were present excepting believers. But on the sixth inst. 1,200 persons were assembled to hear the Word at the tent meeting held in that city (RH, Oct. 24, 1854).
The big tent challenged the curiosity of the people and brought out the crowds.