Quarry tours were a big hit again at this year's Marble Festival. Check out the print or e-edition for two full pages of photos from the event.
Although final numbers had not been calculated, Pickens Chamber Executive Director Amberle Godfrey said attendance for the 39th annual Georgia Marble Festival was up over last year, and she and other organizers have heard nothing but positive comments about the event.
“Everything went very well,” she said. “We’ve heard a lot of compliments from people who attended, and people who said they thought it was very well organized.”
Godfrey reported excellent vendor sales for the two-day event, with some vendors nearly selling out of their goods.
“Some of them didn’t want to close at four on Sunday they were doing so well,” she said.
This year’s new “Egg Fest,” which featured Big Green Egg demonstrations and samples, was well received and will return next year with a competition element. Godfrey said the fine arts show had higher attendance than last year.
The only snag was the high winds late Friday and Saturday, which blew over a few tents.
The Chamber will hold a debriefing meeting in the next two weeks, and start planning for 2020’s event in November.
Godfrey made a public statement about the event on the Pickens Chamber Facebook page.
“We would like to sincerely thank our wonderful volunteers and community for a successful Marble Festival,” she said. “We would not be able to spotlight our special community without everyone working together. A lot of hard work and long hours from everyone goes into pulling off such an event. We had so many great comments from locals, visitors, and vendors. A special thank you to our Marble Festival coordinator Tina Michelle Patterson Kuriger. She is nothing short of amazing.”