Attendance was estimated at over 200 on Saturday, which had near perfect weather – a big difference from last year when storms forced the postponement of the event.
“We counted over 200 people,” LAFF organizer Heather Silvey said. “All the vendors had a very good day. There was a lot of smiling going on. Everything went off without a hitch.”
Five bands played on Carrico Park Square and several crafters and artists were set up around the town square.
“This year was tons better than last year,” Silvey said. “We had two or three times more people come and be involved. It could not have gone any better.”
The film portion of the festival also had some of the best attendance ever, Silvey said.
The film screenings were moved from the Logan County Library, where they have been shown in the past, to the Logan County Democrats headquarters on Main Street, so they could be closer to all the action on the square.
“I talked with Mark Griffin, who was in charge of the films, and he said this was the most people we have had come in and watch them since the first year we did it,” Silvey said.
The festival also generated quite a bit of foot traffic for downtown businesses.
“I talked to the owner of Rare Pearls Antiques and she was very happy with the number of people that came in her shop,” Silvey said. “Ariella had a really good day. They sold a lot of ice cream and sold some pizza too. I had a couple of people come up to me and tell me how good it all was.”
Silvey said she is hoping next years LAFF is even bigger and better. She is encouraging any artists, poets or musicians to contact the Logan County Arts Council at email@example.com to begin preparations for next year.