Congratulations to the Mid-Summer Festival Committee for an outstanding event. This year’s event attracted strong crowds all three days and drew rave reviews from vendors and sponsors alike, who were pleased with the turnout and the fact that festival-goers were not only having a great time, but spending money as well.
“We had great comments from all the crafters and vendors,” said event Chairman Scott Barr. “Sales were up for all the food vendors and crafters made more than expected this year. Many crafters sold out of items, like the Cheesecake booth and Fudgy Wudgy.
“We attribute a bit of the success to not competing with Wyandotte Street Art Fair this year, even though we did contend with the competing Uncle Sam Jam in Woodhaven again this year.” Barr said. The Wyandotte event was held the following weekend, and also reported an increase in traffic.
First-time vendor Deanna Pappas liked what she saw.
“I have been a visitor of this festival for years and this year I got to get the privilege of being a crafter there and having my own booth,” Pappas said. “This was my first show and it was absolutely awesome … I cannot wait to do it again next year.”
Sponsors seemed upbeat as well.
“This has been my first year as a sponsor for the Festival and I am so pleased with the results I am signing up again for 2012,” said Ketura Brandes, owner of Brandes Agency, and sponsor of the Festival’s popular Classic Volleyball Tournament at Elizabeth Park. “As a sponsor we received pre-press coverage, ideas on how to market my business at a festival and more. We collected emails for our business and are very satisfied with the responses we received.”
The festival committee also conducted on the street interviews with downtown business owners and uploaded them to their YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/trentonfestival. They also used Facebook and Twitter to make people aware of the event.