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Monday, October 08, 2018

Newport Street Festival
It was a hot weekend for a street festival.....the 32nd. Annual Newport Harvest Street Festival in downtown Newport. Lynn Ramsey, Executive Director of the Partnership Chamber of commerce said the weather was beautiful except for the heat. "It has been a great weekend, the vendors are so happy, and have told us they did so well, so that is exciting." More than 100 vendors participated in the Saturday and Sunday event, and Ramsey said this year's blue ribbon recipient for crafts went to a local woman. "Kay Morales of K & K Creations had beautiful pieces of decorated old barn wood. They are new to the area and it was nice for them to come in and want to be a part of our festival and our community. They are ready to come back next year." The executive director said most booth operators went away pleased with this year's festival turnout. "I talked to several and it was hot, so I don't think people stuck around a lot. Some people thought attendance was down but I think we did because every vendor I talked to said they did just as well as last year. People got here, shopped, got what they wanted and went home to the air conditioning. Sometimes I wished I had been with them," Ramsey said with a laugh. Sam Thompson of Hillbilly Concessions in New Market was at the festival with his "Best dawg'on burger around." "The festival overall was about like normal, good crowd on Saturday and a decent crowd today(Sunday). It was hot and that kept a few people from coming out. But it was a good festival." David Freeman of Portraits by David agreed the temperatures in the upper 80's kept some people away. "I enjoyed meeting a lot of people that I hadn't seen in a long time. Good contacts today, and good leads on future shows and orders. It was a good show, good turn out, and I always enjoy the show very much." Freeman said much of his work is commissioned. "Portraits, and a lot of large murals, in home and outdoor murals, I use different mediums, and I enjoy doing new things to make myself a better artist," he added.

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