Organizers: 2015 3NM 1 of the best

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Shown is the crowd Saturday morning at Three Notch Market. |                                          Andrew Garner/Star-News

Shown is the crowd Saturday morning at Three Notch Market. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Perfect weather and a big crowd on Saturday made for one of the best Three Notch Market festivals the Andalusia Junior Woman’s Club has hosted, Chairman Tina Rogers said.

“I’m scared to venture out and say that it was the best, but it was one of the best,” Rogers said. “I think moving it back to the Farmer’s Market area (on Tisdale Street) was really good.”

Some 62 vendors lined the majority of Tisdale Street for the sixth annual festival, which attracted folks throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Rogers said all vendors said they liked setting up just down from where the Three Notch Museum is located.

“We didn’t have many complaints from the vendors,” Rogers said. “The set-up ran smoothly. I just thought it was an awesome location for it.

“We hope to be back there next year,” she said.

As the day went along, the crowd grew and many people walked up and down the street, looking at different arts, crafts and products available.

Rogers said she couldn’t even give an estimate as to how many people were at the event, but added that she was pleased to see the crowds.

“Everything was busy,” she said. “There was a constant flow. People sat out and watched the entertainment, especially when the stars came out. They brought in a bunch of people.”

Rogers added that every time she looked up and down the street, it was full of people.

The Three Notch Market is one of many fundraisers the AJWC puts on each year.

Rogers said for all of the events in the past year, the club raised about $17,000, which all went back to the community.

Rogers said $14,000 went back to Andalusia City Schools.

Being that it’s been a few days since the Three Notch Market event, Rogers said she’s looking forward to next year’s event.

“I hope that (Vendor Chairman) Lesley (Thorn) and I can meet in the next couple of weeks to see how we can make this bigger and better next year,” she said. “It was just a good day.”

Rogers said the club is thinking about joining with the newly-formed Megan Kelley sMiles Foundation, which would host their 5K race the same day as the festival.

Rogers said the thinking for next year is to hold the event the last Saturday in April so it won’t conflict with Mother’s Day and other events. The AJWC will announce next year’s date within the next couple of weeks.

One thing that helped make it a perfect day for the event was the weather, Rogers said.

“It was the perfect day,” she said. “It wasn’t too hot. The first year we were there, the tents almost were getting blown down. We were kind of worried about that being that it was in an alley way. It was absolutely perfect.”