Editorial: Local festivals give county unique flavor

In just six years, Greenwood’s WAMMfest has grown from a small gathering of artists and vendors to a major cultural event.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in Craig Park, just off Meridian Street and Smith Valley Road. The letters in the name stand for wine, art, music and microbrews. Included will be nine wineries from as far away as Vermillion and Ripley counties, eight brewers, a record 78 fine artists and six performing artists.

When WAMMfest was founded, the idea of building a community event around beer and wine seemed challenging. Regulations had to be passed to let alcohol in a city park. Organizers hoped that the inclusion of alcohol wouldn’t scare people away and that the festival would offer enough in the form of visual arts, performers and music.

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