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Mary Frances Tuttle was all smiles after getting her face painted at Buggy Days . (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Wet, abbreviated Buggy Days still a hit

The 47th Buggy Days festival, besieged by COVID restrictions and wet weather, was still a hit among those who ventured out to enjoy the arts and crafts fair, food court and fireworks display.

“I think things went as well as they could have. We didn’t do as well as we would have liked because we had a lot of no shows. The vast majority of the vendors I talked to want to come back. Those who had booths in the food court were satisfied with their sales. Some were extremely satisfied,” longtime festival chairman Dick Esco reported Monday morning.

Saturday morning’s road race went off well and the Saturday morning crowds downtown were strong. “We had a real good crowd Saturday morning,” Esco confirmed. Then, right at what would have been parade time in a normal year, heavy rains scattered the throng.

Waylen Gaskin splashes his way through downtown during Buggy Days (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Revelers returned in good numbers for several hours after church on Sunday until more rain arrived.
As always, the fireworks show drew a large crowd with many people watching from their cars in the Gordon parking lot. Others stopped in the road to take in the spectacle.

“I was shocked at how many people were out there in the rain. The location is perfect. I wish we hadn’t had to postpone the concert. I had several people tell me it was the best fireworks show we have ever had,” Esco added.

The hope is that Buggy Days will return in its full glory in 2022 but more volunteers will be needed to make that happen.

“We are always short of volunteers. We always need more,” Esco concluded.

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