Main Street in Batavia transformed into the site of Taste of Clermont Aug. 10-11 with dozens of food and shopping vendors, games, activities and a stage rocking with musical entertainment.
Hundreds of residents stopped by the annual festival, which is organized by the Village Association of Batavia.
“I thought it went great,” Terry Morris, president of the Village Association of Batavia, said. “I think the weather was in our favor.”
Morris said he thought attendance was about the same as last year, which was the year they decided to return the festival to the village, instead of holding it in Eastgate.
“It’s nice because it’s very close to us,” Amy Caplinger, of Batavia, said about the festival.
Many local residents, like Caplinger, either drove or walked down to the Taste of Clermont to enjoy the festivities, and many also brought their children.
Morris said he was pleased about the number of diverse food vendors this year. Residents could get anything from pulled pork to kettle corn to cotton candy.
He also said he was pleased with the musical entertainment including bands and solo artists that played from start to finish of the festival.
“We learned that there is a big source of local entertainers,” Morris said.
Morris said he was glad they decided to have all local musicians, which included high schoolers and bands from around the county. There was also a battle of the bands competition during the festival on Aug. 11.
Many residents who attended Taste of Clermont checked everything out, grabbed a bite to eat and settled down in front of the stage to listen to some of the musicians.
Jeff Hawks, of Wayne Township, came listened to the entertainment with his family Aug. 11.
“We love the food and the music,” Hawks said. “We are having a good time.”
Morris said they continually work to improve Taste of Clermont for residents.
In 2011 they brought the festival back to the village, which Morris said improved the feel of the festival, and this year they changed the way the musical entertainment was done.
“Every time you do this the formula changes,” Morris said. “I think we really learned on this one the way to do the entertainment. Now we need to work on some of the other things.”
Morris said next year they hope to improve the KidZone area, which included rides, a petting zoo and a bounce house, because he felt they had more families come out this year.
Overall, Morris said he felt the festival was a success this year.
“The economy is hard on everything,” he said. “I think we are very lucky it turned out as well as it did. We had some great sponsors.”