The Merchants were granted full use of Center Street on October 26, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., allowing room for outside vendors as well as local businesses to set up for the festival. The group also discussed the possibility of adding other fall attractions, such as a hayride as well as beer and wine tasting.
Organizers Louise Wadsworth and Bob Davis of Geneseo Computers have high hopes that the festival will draw plenty of business to Main Street. They addressed the Board’s concern about vendors blocking the sidewalk, ensuring that all measures will be taken to keep local shops accessible to festival goers.
“It should be a great day for the local shops. Last year sales were at a peak on the day of Autumn Festival, especially for the restaurants,” said Davis.
The Autumn Festival is not the only community event scheduled for the day; the Alzheimer’s Walk as well as SUNY Geneseo’s Parents Weekend will both take place and are sure to add to the seasonal fun.
“Parents Weekend works in favor of both visitors and local business. It brings an influx of customers downtown while providing the parents with another activity option during their stay,” said Davis.
The Board gladly approved the Merchants’ proposal and agreed to provide Police department assistance for the festival, which will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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