Festival, concert draw crowds

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 8, 2012

There was a swarm of people who attended the day’s festivities.

Organizers were pleased with Saturday’s Three Notch Market arts and crafts festival and Little Big Town concert.

Now in its third year, the arts and crafts festival was bigger than ever. Amy Dugger, a spokesperson for the Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club, which sponsors the event, said Saturday was a great day.

“Our vendors grew from only 50 last year to more than 80 this year,” Dugger said. “We hope that it gets bigger and bigger. Our vendors were happy and the crowd was good. It was all for the community.”

The AJWC focuses its fundraising efforts on causes that positively affect students. This year, she said, they are adding a $1,000 scholarship to an AHS student who exemplifies the club’s belief in volunteerism.

Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson was singing the club’s praises Monday afternoon.

“I am so proud of the Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club and their spouses, as well as literally half of our city employees, for putting all of that together and making it happen,” he said. “There was a great turnout, and I don’t think it could have gone any better.”

The city sponsored the Little Big Town concert, and the mayor estimated the crowd between 1,200 and 1,500.

“It was outstanding for what was the first real concert put on and promoted to any extent in that venue,” he said. “I would rather have 1,200 to 1,500 people and have all of them happy – as they were, than to have had 5,000 show and not be able to accommodate them. Hopefully, we will continue to grow this event.”