A little rain was not enough to dampen turnout to last weekend's Art & Wine Festival, organizers say.
Now in its 38th year, the two-day event, sponsored by the city's Chamber of Commerce, still managed to draw many thousands of festival-goers despite some inclement weather Saturday morning.
As of Tuesday it was still too early for precise attendance numbers, but Oscar Garcia, president of the Chamber, said it's safe to assume that this year's attendance was about equal to last year's — just under 200,000 people over the two days.
Garcia noted that Saturday morning rains kept people away until midday, when the sun came out. "By the afternoon around one o'clock till around four-ish, it was hopping," he said. The result was that "More people came during a shorter period of time."
Garcia said organization at the festival — including trash and recycling services, handled for the first time this year by Green Mountain View — was exemplary.
"Every single person — whether it was the volunteers, artists, police, city employees — commented that it was by far the cleanest and most well-organized festival," he said.