Smiling faces at 38th Art & Wine Festival

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.

— Don Frances


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Posted by former mv resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Loved it! We went Sunday, and I thought it was the biggest crowd I'd been a part of. Can't wait until next year. Unfortunately, two of the vendors I was looking for were not in attendance.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm

I Had the same problem, but that is ok found sone new ones, food was good, been going to the festival since the 80's. Every year I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of the vendors, the workers and the crowd. Great job M.V.

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Posted by Anna
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

This was my firs time to the Mountain View Art & Wine festival and it was the best I've ever been to. I didn't know how large it was going to and was amazed by how clean and maintained it was. The other one I've been to is the one in Milpitas and Mountain View defietely out shined theirs. Great job city of Mountain View!

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