WSD rolls through town

Published 12:50 am Wednesday, October 29, 2008

By By MaryClaire Foster
It was all aboard at this year’s Williams Station Day.
The festival, in its 17th year, went off without a hitch according to Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery.
Vickery said she thought a good crowd attended the festival and has received a lot of positive feedback.
Atmore Mayor Howard Shell said he thought Williams Station Day was “outstanding.”
Chamber President Allen Walston agreed that the nice weather was key to the success of the day.
Vickery and Walston said they both had received a lot of positive feedback about the entertainment, especially the Blues Brothers.
This was the first year for the Children’s Art Village, an idea Vickery implemented after seeing it at other festivals and thinking Williams Station Day need more activities for children.
The $1 donation for the village added up to $224 and will be donated to the Escambia County High School art department.
In 2009, the Chamber plans on expanding the village and might try to build some props for it.
Vickery said that the Chamber is already working on other improvements for next year’s event.
The crowd began winding down after 4 p.m. and Vickery said the Chamber is looking into what should be done about the lull until 5 p.m.
The final figures for sales are not yet available, but Vickery said she thought some art vendors didn’t sell as much and attributed it to the poor economy.
Vickery added that what is most important is that people there were having fun and everyone she has talked to about it had said they enjoyed it.

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