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By Steve Steiner
Executive Editor 

Second Fall Festival Well-Attended


Last updated 10/1/2020 at 3pm

Steve Steiner

The crowd starting thinning out mid-afternoon at the Fall Festival, in part, due to the temperature.

If the turnout on the downtown Fall Festival held Saturday, Sept. 26 is any indicator, life slowly appears to be returning to pre-COVID-19 days.

That's when people took to downtown Bartow's Summerlin Street, from Central Avenue to South Florida Avenue, touring and visiting the 63 vendors displaying their wares - many of which were autumn-themed crafts with a sprinkle of Christmas items and day-to-day goods.

"We've had a great turnout," said Linda Holcomb, executive director of Main Street Bartow, one of the three sponsors of the event - the other two being Twisted Pineapple and Sunflower Barntiques.

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In addition to the 63 vendors participating in the Fall Festival, entrants could win a lottery basket at a drawing to be held Sept. 28

Music accompanied people from one end of Summerlin to the other, starting at the corner of Central, where a DJ played mostly hit songs from the 1960s, to a live performance by a musician at Front Page Brewery on South Florida Avenue.

This is the second year of the event, according to Holcomb, who said the decision to hold it on Summerlin Street rather than Main Street was twofold. For one thing, there has been a number of recent downtown Bartow businesses opening. The other reason, she said, is that several of these are located on the side streets and Summerlin Street, and this is an opportunity to raise awareness of these businesses that are directly off Main Street.

Throughout the festival signs urged people to practice social distancing, as well as wear masks. Many people complied by wearing masks. If someone wanted a mask and didn't have one, free cloth masks were available at different locations up and down Summerlin Street.

Author Bio

Steve Steiner, Executive Editor

Steve came out of a two-year retirement to helm Following a career in journalism/advertising/public relations --- at one point being a partner in an advertising/PR agency --- he shifted professions and focused on food service and hospitality before returning to journalism. As a journalist, rose from reporter to sections editor to managing/executive editor with newspapers in North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. He is enjoying restoring a quality news site for his adopted hometown. Send him your story ideas.


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