By Tia Lynn Ivey
Strong winds whipped through Madison last Friday, causing Madison Fest organizers to worry about the fate of their annual event slated for Saturday in Downtown Madison. But clear skies emerged just in time for MadisonFest in Town Park, which drew over a thousand locals and out of town visitors for an afternoon of live music, children crafting project, face-painting, baby animals, and a plethora of handmade crafts for purchase.
“We had a great crowd, perfect weather, and everyone had a great time, said Colleen Hall, special events coordinator for the City of Madison. “There was a constant flow of people all day long. All of our vendors were very happy with the turnout.”
MadisonFest has evolved into one of the City’s most beloved annual events since its inception in 1997.
Attendees meandered through Town Park, hopping from booth to booth to enjoy an eclectic array of activities, educational demos, and merchandise. Vendors offered informative lessons on caring for bluebirds, the how-to of beekeeping, and solar energy. Alpacas and baby goats roamed pens for families to pet. A wellness tent offered attendees opportunities to relax with yoga exercises and food vendors offered a variety of meals, snacks, refreshing beverages. There were almost 50 tents sellings food, plants, and handmade arts and crafts. Families shopped, ate and played while live music from the Children’s Garden created the perfect atmosphere. Performers included Soul Committee, Silver Strings Bluegrass, Pickled Holler, Angela Easterling Duo, The Lucky Jones, and Michael Jacobs.
“There was something for everyone,” said Hall.
This year, a special auction was held at MadisonFest to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Over 200 birdhouses were for sale for Habitat for Humanity’s Project Bluebird, in which proceeds go to benefit the next Habitat build.
This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Madison Realty. MadisonFest is also sponsored by Amelia’s Apparel, America’s Natural Gas, DOCK 103.9 FM, Main St. Vet, UnitedBank, Whidby Jewelers, and the Morgan County Citizen.
“We do this every year to benefit our community and give people a glimpse into what Madison is really like,” said Hall. “We want people to discover Madison, and events like these that draw so many people from out of town who might otherwise never come to Madison, help do that.”