By Elizabeth Lanier
rom Japanese Maples to handmade jewelry, Madison Fest had something for everyone. Businesses from near and far gathered in Town Park on Saturday, April 22 to promote, sell, and entertain the citizens of Morgan County. Besides looking through the different booths set up, there was food, music, and even yoga to keep people busy. According to the City of Madison,
“Madison Fest features solutions for living a considered and ‘greener’ life. This day-long festival in Town Park featured amazing plants for sale, handmade arts and crafts for buying and browsing, great live music, and a great day for the whole family.”
This year’s event featured 63 vendors.
“The quality was just great this year,” said Ann Huff, Main Street coordinator.
There were many businesses from Morgan County represented, but also some from out of town. Erin Johnston, one of the owners of Derry & Tex Designs, a business based out of Tucker, explained that this was her first year at Madison Fest. “It’s very well organized and has a beautiful setting. There is also a lot of foot traffic,” Johnston explained. She said she hopes to come back in future years.
Morgan Memorial Hospital also had a booth at the festival. They were there to promote Morgan Physician Services as well as their excitement about the new hospital being built. This was also their first year participating in Madison Fest. Another year, another huge success. The festival never fails to bring attention to Madison while still allowing businesses to promote their growth.
City Officials are considering moving the date of festival next year since it usually coincides with Spring Break.
“We are looking to move the date because the locals really love the event, but a lot of them are on vacation and out of town during spring break,” said Huff. “So we might change the date next year to boost the attendance just a little more.”