In its second year, the Acworth Art Fest brought close to 50,000 people to Main Street over the weekend. Warm weather and clear skies brought about twice as many visitors Saturday than Sunday’s cooler temperatures and rain, but the event planners said the weekend was a success despite the weather challenges.
The City and Splash Festivals, a company based out of Atlanta, joined to throw the invitation-only showcase. Frances Schube, president of Splash Festivals, said when planning the arts festival, she made sure to invite artists who had different things to share. Tents lined downtown with spreads of jewelry, picture frames, pottery, stained glass, personalized signs, yard decorations, tote bags, rag dolls, porcelain coffee mugs and more.
Everything has to be handmade, Schube said.
“We focus on whimsical, happy art,” she said. “It lends for smiles at an outdoor event like this one.”
Mothers with young ones in strollers picked out piggy banks and miniature furniture, and teenagers looked at beaded necklaces and sunflowers made from metal.
Artists came from all over the country, according to James Albright with Acworth Parks and Recreation. There were 105 artist booths and more than 40 food vendors spread through downtown.
“We had a great first year last year, but Saturday was unbelievable,” Albright said. “Everything we do has an economic purpose for the city, and on Saturday the restaurants downtown were selling out and stores were crowded with foot traffic.”
To make the event more family-oriented, the City partnered with Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and incorporated a kid zone with face painting and sand art.
Local high school students, North Star Church members, Downtown Development, Kenworth Golden K Kiwanis and Acworth citizens volunteered both days, Albright said.