A crowd estimated at 4,000 people came to Courthouse Square in Paris Saturday for the 38th Annual Frontier Day celebration.
Although the weather was threatening — overcast skies with the promise of rain — only a few drops of rain fell. The overcast skies dropped temperatures into the 70s and 80s most of the day.
The event returned to Courthouse Square this year after having been staged at the Logan County Fairgrounds for the last six years. Organizers were pleased with the results.
“I think it was wonderful,” said Tonya Baumgartner, executive director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event. “It was very crowded with everyone on the square but the people loved it. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback.”
The day started with the annual parade. The Grand Marshal for this year’s event was Larry Connelley. During the festival, Connelley also passed out old photographs and post cards about Paris at the chamber of commerce booth.
Downtown events included entertainment at Eiffel Tower Park, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and the annual car show.
Baumgartner said that about 70 vendors were on hand and happy with their sales.
“I gave vendors applications for the Springtime in Paris event next April and I’ve all ready gotten applications back and money, so that’s a good sign,” Baumgartner said. “I talked to some food vendors who sold out, had to go buy more at the stores, sold out again and had to go back to the stores.”
In addition to events on the square, events were also held at the Logan County Museum and the Coal Miners Museum and Memorial in Paris. And, Saturday night, the annual Miss Mount Magazine Pageant was held at the Paris Middle School Auditorium.
Baumgartner said 4,000 attendance was an estimate only.
“It’s tough to judge because people come and go,” she said. “When it was at the fairgrounds, we can count those coming through the gate. I know one thing, after the event, we picked up more trash than we’ve ever picked up before.”
Baumgartner said that over the next few weeks, she’ll be talking to merchants, her board of directors and others about next year’s event.
“We’re going to visit and talk about how it worked out,” Baumgartner said. “We’re also going to talk about next year and improvements or additions to the event.”