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HOGANSVILLE Itt)M.; Nl,:ws - THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2003 PAGE 3-A Festival Scenes By David Boggs ING THE UNEXPECTED - Ella Boggs made friends at the Hummingbird with a healthy-sized boa constrictor visiting from Indiana. By Clint Claybrook COME Y'ALL - Bill Stankiewicz welcomes to the Thursday night kick-off dinner. By Clint Claybrook ELMIS, TOO - Yep, Elvis was present, too, at the Hummingbird Festival, even if not, in the flesh, By Clint Claybrook There was 'something for everybody' among the arts and crafts exhibits Hogansville over the weekend. By Clint Claybrook ART WORK - Art work by Troup County high school and middle school stu- dents was highly praised by festival offi- cials. By David Boggs BROWSING- One of the appeals of the festival is the opportunity to peruse wide variety of arts and crafts offerings in an open-air market setting Crowd Biggest Ever, T Says Festl00 al Chief By CLINT CLAYBROOK Last weekend's Hummingbird Festival in Hogansville drew a bigger crowd than ever before, one of the event's organizers told the City Council at a Monday night meeting. And it raised some $11,000-plus for the Hogansville Heritage Trust, Bill Stankwiecz. That money, like the other raised by the pre- vious will go into renovation projects, includ- ing the remodeling of City Hall. He said there were an estimated 6,000 visitors on Saturday and another 3,000 on Sunday. If that count was accurate, the week- end crowds topped the old "best turn-out" of an estimated 7,000 over the weekend. Stankwiecz said he went to the City Council meeting "to thank the city for the terrific support that we received" from the local government. tie said one surprise over the weekend was the quality and quantity of offerings that the first Art Fest attracted from middle and high school students in Troup County. "I'm glad that I didn't judge the art com- petition," he said. "That was wonderful." The kick-off dinner Thursday night at the Victoria Belle, a special events center near downtown also attracted its best crowd for the Hummingbird Festival, Stankwiecz said. There were some 136 tickets sold for the dinner, with all of that money going to the charitable trust, he noted. A silent auction that ran throughout the dinner and a little later raised some $2,800, event organizers said. And, Stankwiecz noted, "We had more entertainment than ever before." All told, there were some 140 booths lin- ing the streets and sprawling over into some yards and a downtown parking lot. The food court offered everything from cold soft drinks to fried pies and shish-kabob and was one of the busiest places around. Although some concessionaires said busi- ness started slowly on Saturday, several of them said that "Sunday is always a better day, for sales." Stankweicz said he heard some of the com- ments about sales being slow, "But a lot of (the concessionaires) were already coming around on Sunday saying they wanted exact- ly the same spots for next year." The arts and crafts ranged from trinkets to antiques: One Baptist Church was encour- aging festival-goers to pick up their litera- ture and find the way to eternal life; puppies were up for adoption for a mere $35; the old Hogansville Depot attracted lots of visitors, and all the comments about Jim and Jerry Harmon's efforts at renovating the old depot and turning it into a railroad museum seemed to have been positive. "Boy, they've done a lot with this place," one visitor said. 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