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Big crowd celebrates in downtown South Boston

Pleasant, cool weather provided the perfect backdrop for the 22nd Annual Harvest Festival in downtown South Boston on Saturday.

Crowds estimated at 10,000 people made their way to downtown streets during the daylong festival, according to festival organizer Sara Davis. 

“Everything went well all day,” said Davis.  “We had an extra large crowd, and we were very pleased with the success of the event.”

Fresh off the streets of Mayberry, N.C. to the streets of South Boston came Scott Epperson, who looks and acts the part of Deputy Barney Fife to perform crowd control duties.

“There was a big variety of food,” continued Davis.

“The vendors said they were looking forward to coming back next year, and the visitors enjoyed both stages of non-stop entertainment.”

Artisans and craftsmen lined the streets, and most festivalgoers meandered through the streets to sample what the Harvest Festival had to offer.

Children tried their hand at pumpkin painting, and they enjoyed pony rides.

Some people just chowed down on barbeque, blooming onions, funnel cakes, candy apples, turkey legs and ribbon fries that filled the air with delicious aromas, Davis said.

The almost 80 vendors who came to the festival this year were “quite pleased” with how the festival unfolded, she added. 

“For our 22nd anniversary, it was one of our best days,” said Davis.