The 2017 Micanopy Fall Festival, held this past weekend, hosted more than 200 vendors this year. Fairgoers browsed through a selection of items including hand-made jewelry, organic soaps, hot sauce, knives, wind chimes and boiled peanuts.
Andre Shepard, entertainment coordinator, said that it really takes a great team to keep the festival running smoothly and efficiently. The staff is split into 14 committees that meet once a month throughout the year to plan activities, discuss possible changes and vote on new ideas.
Janice Slea was part of the booths and applications committee. She made sure that all new and returning vendors are qualified to sell at the festival and that all items are original products not sold in big stores. “The vendors are so nice,” she said.
Tom Leadon says he's looking forward to seeing family, friends, and fans when he returns to Gainesville to celebrate Tom Petty's birthday: “It’s going to be very emotional for me. He was my closest friend that I ever had.”