By Art Hunter
Beautiful weather helped bring out the crowds this past weekend for the 19th annual June in Olde Williamsburg Festival.
“We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” Mayor Mary Ann Lefker said. “It was awesome, the crowds were huge.”
The event, held May 30 – June 1, featured carnival rides, a parade, fireworks, live music, a car show, food, vendors, and games.
Traci Hurst, a member of the June in Olde Williamsburg Festival committee, said that the event went as well as the committee had hoped.
“The turnout was great this year,” she said. “the weather helped us out tremendously with that. This was one of the better years we have had.”
Hurst said that the festival has been held each year since the village’s bicentennial in 1996.
“The community loves it,” Hurst said. “It’s a big deal for us, and we try to grow every year and expand what we do any way we can.”
Village resident Tonja Rowland said that she enjoys the festival and makes a point of attending every year.
“I like the small town atmosphere, everybody knows everybody,” Rowland said. “We have five nieces and nephews we bring every year.”
Bonnie Carter, a village resident who has been attending the festival for years, was at this year’s event with her great-grandson.
“It’s a lot of fun and the kids enjoy it,” she said. “I like the music best. We bring chairs and listen to the music every year.”
Hurst said that the festival’s sponsors, National Bank and Trust, Clermont County Visitor’s Bureau, Arch Materials, Auxier Gas, and Mike Brown Construction, really make the event possible.
“They are a big boost to our committee, they make sure our fireworks and bands are there,” Hurst said. “They literally just hand us money to do what we need to do.”