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Approximately 4,000 attend ‘glorious’ G.I. Festival

An early morning storm on Saturday had participants and vendors at the annual Gwynn’s Island Festival on pins and needles for a bit, but the storm cleared and the rest of day was “glorious,” said co-chairman Jan Bassett.

People turned out in good measure, she said, with an estimated 4,000 residents and visitors dropping by to enjoy a game of cornhole, browse the wares available for purchase, get a peek at old cars, watch a parade of new Harleys, have lunch, or just sit on the grass and listen to music.

“Vendors enjoyed themselves, participants enjoyed themselves, and there were children there all day long enjoying themselves,” said Bassett. “It wasn’t about buying and selling, but about the feeling of community.”

Bassett said the members of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church and the Gwynn’s Island Civic League went out of their way to support the festival and create a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.

“Without them, we could...

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