Weather helps this year’s Festival shine financially


The Festival of the Arts draws more than 300,000 people. Photo via

This year’s Festival of the Arts weekend benefited from three days of sunshine and mild temperatures.

According to organizers, food booth sales are estimated at $443,000 and printmaking took in $4,800 this year, both of which were the best since Festival 2002. In addition, sales of art totaled approximately $85,300 — the highest grossing year since 1998.

2012 was one of the worst years on record for Festival, with some of the coldest temperatures in its history, and organizers were really in need of a bump in sales this year to begin recouping losses blamed on that year’s bad weather.

Festival organizers provided the following comparison, using 2011 figures, as that year also had more favorable weather. The 2013 numbers are preliminary figures.

Food Booths (Festival receives 18%): 

2011: $437,400

2013: $443,000

Art Sales: (Festival receives 18%):

2011: $81,000

2013: $85,300

Art on the Spot: (Festival receives 18%):

2011: $26,350

2013: $23,750

Festival Store:

2011: $16,950

2013: $13,100


2011: $4,300

2013: $4,800

Regional Art Sales: (Festival receives 18%):

2011: $23,875

2013: $12,363


2011: $4,260

2013: $3,700


2011: $9,290

2013: $ 9,478

While sales at the Regional Arts Exhibition were down for the weekend, the show will remain on display through Aug. 18, so organizers hope to add to their sales throughout the summer.

“We still need ongoing support for Festival from the community,” said Karen Hunter, president of the Festival of the Arts Board of Directors.

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