Sunday, April 06, 2008

Another year over

Another Cherry Blossom Festival comes to an end. The Grand Finale drew a large crowd, as usual. The fireworks display, while cool, could have been longer. The fireworks at Wesleyan are always my favorite because there's nowhere else I have been where you are right smack dab under the fireworks - they're just so close that it makes them that much more spectacular.

Anyway, despite all the bad weather and cancellations, it was an OK festival this year. It was kind of disappointing that the Street Party got canceled and that there were no backup plans for it to be held indoors somewhere. At least we had sunshine for the last day. In fact, it also looks like now that the festival is over we're going to have a bunch of sunshine. :)

Click here for more images from Sunday's events.

Children's Parade short and sweet

Click here for photos of the Children's Parade.

Here's some video Liz Fabian shot at the parade:

Crowds flock to Mulberry Street

Well, the rain is gone, but the humidity is just awful today. I headed out to the Mulberry Street Festival a little before noon, trying to get there before the huge crowds and before it got too hot. But it's just no use in avoiding the heat in Georgia, I guess because it was already warm and sticky.

There was a long line at the Greek both by noon, and the other booths seemed to be doing just as well. Piggly Wiggly was even selling T-shirts this year, which I found amusing. But some of the shirts were actually funny. The crowd was fairly large for before noon at the arts festival. There were some empty booth spots where vendors just didn't come at all because of the rain, but who could blame them if they were coming from far away because gas is so expensive these days. There were a lot of jewelry booths set up this year, and a lot of dogs walking the streets. I don't know how it's gotten to be this way, but the Mulberry Street Festival is one that always gets people to bring out their pets with them. And some are so cute, like this one to the right.

Anyway, click here for images from the Mulberry Street Festival.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Images from Friday's CBF events

Click here for more photos from Friday's events.

Mulberry Street Festival canceled Saturday, to go on Sunday


Mulberry Street Arts Festival canceled for Saturday
Staff reports

Weather is forcing a change with this weekend's Mulberry Street Arts Festival.

Due to forecasts of severe weather by the National Weather Service for Friday evening and Saturday, the Saturday portion of the Mulberry Street Festival has been canceled, according to the Middle Georgia Art Association's Web site.

The Mulberry Festival will still take place Sunday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Midday festivities move to Terminal Station, crowd follows

I LOVE this photo of CBF Founder Carolyn Crayton with Queen Emily Alston. It was shot by Jason Vorhees. Carolyn is just so prim and proper that I would never imagine her licking away at an ice cream cone. It just goes to show that EVERYONE loves to get in on the cherry ice cream action.

And I mean everyone. The Founders Day Celebration, the final day of Third Street Park festivities, was moved a few blocks down to Terminal Station today because of the weather. I was expecting smaller crowds because of the weather and the quick change of location, but I was wrong. There were long lines outside at the ice cream stations, and a crowd inside for the cake and band, Still Cruisin'. I think the only disappointing thing about the event is that the Coke stand had run out of regular Cokes and Sprites by the time I got there, but that's not so bad.

Click here for a quick look at Friday's event.

More Mark Ballard video

Liz Fabian put together a Best of Ballard video from the fashion show. Enjoy!