Council Chairwoman Marcia Collins said this year’s June Jam had a good turnout, despite a lower number of table rentals.
Main Street Program Director Kira Harris-Braggs said organizers had ordered 50 tables but only 39 had been reserved, down from 45 last year. She said some businesses that participated in the past did not participate this year because their marketing budgets had been cut.
The council singled out several sponsors for praise, including An Affair to Remember. The business’s $2,500 sponsorship paid for a tent and helped the council make a profit from the event. Other sponsors singled out were: Minerva ($1,000) and United Bank ($500).
One of the more popular features of this year’s June Jam was an Italian Ice vendor, who said she wanted to come back. Harris-Braggs said there have been suggestions for food vendors in addition to the local restaurants that already offer specials.
The Downtown Council decided to start planning this year’s September Smash, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.
The next issue on the agenda was the Griffin Farmer’s Market. Collins said the market got off to a slow start this year because heavy rains destroyed many crops. Despite this, the event has been successful.
“We’re getting a good variety of people coming out,” she said.
She said there are a variety of products for sale at the market, including candles and artwork as well as fruits and vegetables.
Griffin Board of Commissioners member Doug Hollberg said 100 people came out to the farmer’s market last week.