UNION — Rain didn’t prevent the 20th annual Uniquely Union Festival from drawing such a large crowd that some of the vendors selling food actually ran out and had to go to local stores to get more supplies.
As in years past, the Uniquely Union Festival was held on Main Street in downtown Union. The section of Main Street between Enterprise and Church streets was closed to traffic at 7 a.m. Friday to allow the vendors and other participants in the festival to get set up and ready for its opening at noon that day. The section of Main Street would remain closed until after the conclusion of the festival at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The festival was held during 22 of the 39 hours the section of Main Street was closed and during that time a large crowd turned out both Friday and Saturday to enjoy the live music and other entertainment offered as well as the Kidz Zone and the food for sale from the vendors on the scene.
Uniquely Union Festival Committee Chairman Kim Lawson said that Friday’s headline performer, Elvis Presley impersonator Rick Alviti, was an important of the festival’s success.
“It went very well, even considering the rain we had on Friday,” Lawson said Monday. “We had a lot of people stick around to see Rick Alviti perform. He brought in a lot of people from out of the state who follow him to watch him perform.”
Lawson said the turnout was so great both days that some of the vendors who lined Main Street actually sold out.
“We had our merchandise vendors make some very good sales,” Lawson said. “Our ice cream vendors did very well despite the cooler temperatures. We had some food vendors who ran out of their products and had to run to local stores to stock up.”
Lawson said the Kidz Zone, which featured a number of activities for children including inflatables, rock climbing, and a mechanical bull was also very busy.
“We had a great turnout for the Kidz Zone,” Lawson said. “They (the children) loved the inflatables and the mechanical bull. Even the adults got in on the mechanical bull.”
Lawson said that the committee is still counting up the number of wristbands issued to those attending the festival and so the exact size of the turnout is still to be determined. She said the committee hopes to have that and all other pertinent statistics about this year’s festival ready by Tuesday morning.
Despite the weather, Main Street in downtown Union was crowded Friday night with people attending the 20th annual Uniquely Union Festival. The festival featured live music, food, a Kidz Zone, a barbecue contest, and many other fun activities for the whole family.
The Root Doctors took to the stage on Main Street in downtown Union as the headlining musical act during the Uniquely Union Festival Saturday night. The annual festival took place Friday and Saturday, offering live music throughout both days. The headlining musical act during the festival Friday night was Elvis impersonator Rick Alviti.
Vendors selling food and other items line Main Street in downtown Union during the Uniquely Union Festival this past Friday and Saturday. The festival, which is in its 20th year, drew a large crowd on both days.
Face painting is always popular with children and the 20th annual Uniquely Union Festival was no exception. Part of Main Street in downtown Union was closed to traffic for the duration of the festival Friday and Saturday to accommodate the many activities is offered both children and adults.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]