Foothills Fall Festival: ArtWay changes -- spreads out vendors, opens up downtown

The arts and crafts area took on a new name and a new layout this year at the Foothills Fall Festival.

Carolyn Forster, ArtWay committee chair, said initial feedback from the public showed that some people didn’t understand there were two ArtWay areas, ArtWay East in the parking lot between CBBC and Preservation Plaza, and ArtWay West in the parking deck across from Sullivans.

“They would go to one of our areas and say, ‘I didn’t know you had another area.’ We tried signage, but it’s going to take people getting familiar with how it is laid out,” she said. “Vendors seemed to enjoy it. It gave them more space and freed up downtown as far as giving visibility to downtown.”

Forster said vendors appeared pleased with business considering the rainy weather. “Their response was, ‘We know attendance was down because of weather, but I still did OK.’ As long as they survived the weekend and our horrible weather and came out with smiles on their faces, that was great,” she said.

Forster thanked members of the community for coming out to support the event even in inclement weather. “They showed that they appreciate what was being done because it’s all done for our community,” she said. “Every hour of work is all to make it a good experience for our community, and we’re just glad folks seem to enjoy it.”

The ArtWay committee chair thanked the members of the committee for their work. Those individuals included: Barbara Crowder, Pat Delashmit, Suzette Donovan, Lori Friel, Brigette Gillespie, Antje Gillingham, Vita Marie Lovett, Lisa Phipps, Linda Sharp, Tamara Smiddy, Karolyn Wood and First Tennessee Bank.

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