The city hosted its annual Madison Fest on April 26 in Town Park. According to Madison’s website, “Madison Fest features solutions for living a considered and ‘greener’ life. This day-long festival in Town Park features: amazing plants for sale, handmade arts and crafts for buying and browsing, great live music, and a great day for the whole family.” “It was a huge success,” said Ann Huff, special events coordinator for the city. Colleen Hall, an event coordinator for the city, who has helped plan the last four Madison Fests, estimated that 2000 people came out to the event. “It’s just a way to bring people into the park and make it an active and fun part of the city,” explained Hall.

The event featured 60 vendors, several speakers, and a lineup of local musicians. Some of the vendors were local farmers, selling fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats and dairy products. Other vendors sold handmade crafts, art, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and home decor. “It was great. The food vendors had a lot of success this year. They did really well,” said Hall. Lecturers included Adrienne Smith, from Ms. Crafty, Jeff Johnson, from Super Dirt, Mike Sikes, from Gold Medal Plants, Angie Tillman, from Phickles Pickles, and Bobby Robinson, who led a yoga class at the festival. “We wanted to include a health and wellness focus to this year’s event, so we included a yoga event at the pavilion that people could participate in,” said Hall.

“Bobby taught people the mind and body benefits of yoga.” Plant vendors were available to instruct people on which plants can survive the notorious Georgia summer heat and humidity. Vendors gave out advice on how to best nurture flower, fruit and vegetable gardens in the coming months. “It is one great festival. We are very proud of it,” said Hall.