To say City of Maryville events coordinator Jane Groff was pleased with the turnout and response to this year’s Foothills Fall Festival would be an understatement.
“I thought it was awesome,” she said when gauging response from those who attended.
While Groff said she enjoyed the music heard throughout the event, she doesn’t gauge the success of the acts on how she feels. “I look at the comments I get from people who came out and, overwhelmingly, it was extremely well received,” she said. “I think another good indicator is how the volunteers, committee members and sponsors who make this event happen think. They all have been very positive and encouraging.”
The pleasant weather helped make for a good week. “When we got it open, it was such a nice weekend, and everyone seemed so happy and glad to be there, it put us all in good moods, and we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labor,” she said.
Groff said the city learned a lesson Saturday night during the second evening of the 11th Annual Foothills Fall Festival.
“The crowds were probably the biggest in my experience with the festival and, from what I understand, one of the biggest in the history of the festival,” Groff said. “It was the first year we’ve tested the limits on capacity in the theater. We finally have good understanding of what that should be.”
Groff said this was the first year where everyone who bought a ticket came on the same night. “We were able to see maybe that we need to reduce the number of tickets we sell,” she said.