The Festival Off Main Committee met Monday to be their own critics.
"How does it feel to be part of the best festival committee of the best festival we've ever had?" Brad Adams, committee chairman said to the members.
At the meeting, members tried to estimate how many people attended this year's festival on Saturday, Dec. 3. Peter Ruddick determined that every available parking space was filled all day. There were 500 parking spaces. Mr. Ruddick figured an average of three people came in each car, so at least 1,500 people attended the festival. Committee members agreed that the number sounded good, but also admitted that it may not be accurate.
Committee members also agreed that this year's festival was a big success over all. The committee was larger this year to ensure the festival was bigger and better, Mr. Adams said.
New aspects of the 2005 festival included consolidating the three-day event into one day, rerouting the parade in the opposite direction, renting children's carnival rides, hiring professional entertainment and a professional race coordinator, and adding works by local adult artists to the children's art display. Members discussed the pros and cons of each decision, and what problems would be addressed at future meetings for next year's festival.
"It was wonderful to wake up Sunday morning, and it was all over with," said Carolyn Gilbert, Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce director, regarding the consolidated one-day event.
The Committee would like to thank all the sponsors who made this festival possible: Thomson Plastics, Inc., Curtis Funeral Home, Cushman Paint and Body, Jefferson Energy, The City of Thomson, Thomson-McDuffie County Tourism Board, The McDuffie Mirror, Anthony Auto Sales and The Wilson Company.