The Summerfest Arts Faire just ended after three days of art, music and food in downtown Logan, Utah on the historic Logan Tabernacle grounds. I have attended Summerfest every year for the past several years as a spectator and enjoyed the displays and the food. However, this year, there seemed to be more excitement in the air and after talking with a few of the vendors, it sounds like it was one of the most successful from their perspective in the last five years.
Looking from the outside in, beginning on Thursday, there were more cars and more people wandering through the booths. I know from talking with organizers over the past several years, it is difficult to get an accurate count for attendees (there are no tickets sold), but there is always an estimate without hard numbers. I will let it suffice that this year, there were a lot more people.
One of the displays that I always visit is the judging tent with the pleine aire photographs and pleine aire art contest. As I drove around the valley this year before Summerfest, I noticed on several occasions artists pulled over to the side of the road with their easels out, sometimes a model, and painting to their hearts content.
This year, there were also three performance stages for music and the Grassroots Shakespeare acting group. In the afternoons and evenings, it looked like all three stages were being used and had crowds watching and listening.
With a growing variety of food and drinks showing up at the Summerfest Arts Faire, it is getting easier to browse the exhibits, grab a bite to eat and relax in the shade for a few hours on a Saturday (or, Friday, or Thursday) afternoon.
Mark it on your calendar for next year at this time. It is a great little arts faire that is growing up and beginning to get people excited.