GLENNVILLE, GA (WTOC) -The Glennville Sweet Onion Festival was held this past weekend. The festival, which is in its 43rd year, draws large crowds from all over our area every year.
Organizers say more people came out this year than they have seen in years past.
Festival organizer Shellie Smith says that between 5,500 and 6,000 people came to the festival this weekend. Military personnel got in free and many free children passes were given out so that number could be higher. Having this many people in town helps a lot of businesses like restaurants, gas stations and local family owned shops.
Organizers say they can really tell the festival is growing by the number of booths they have. Usually they have between 100 and 110 but this year 121 vendors were set up. Many of the vendors were local stores. Smith says having them set up at the festival only draws more attention and foot traffic to their storefronts.
“If they can come to a festival and see the different things that are available in your area, then they are prone to coming back and staying a while and enjoying the different shops and amenities you have to offer,” said Shellie Smith with the Glennville Chamber of Commerce.
Smith and other organizers tell me they are already planning for next years festival.