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Arts in the Heart brings big business downtown

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The 34th annual Arts in the Heart festival took over downtown Augusta this weekend, bringing in big crowds and big business to downtown.

Crowds filled up the three blocks of Broad Street, and this event is something that vendors, attendees, and business owners up and down Broad Street all say is great for downtown.

Darby Carpenter is the general manager for Farmhaus Burger, and said this event always is one of the busiest weekends for restaurants in downtown.
 
"Arts in the Heart actually helps out every business that's downtown because it drives so much traffic down here."

People from all over the CSRA came out to see great works of art and local music performances, and attendees like Kelly Baldwin said it's something different to do on a weekend.

"It's just a great place to bring your kids. The weather's nice today, there's great food, it's just something you don't see everyday in downtown Augusta," Baldwin said.

Dave Smith and his wife run the Blue Frog Art booth, and he said this festival is one of the busiest art festivals they attend.

"It's a family oriented event, and people just come out in droves to enjoy the sunshine and the weather. There's such a diverse amount of art that's at the festival, and I think that it's probably one of our best shows because it draws a lot of people and there's just an interesting amount of art here," he said.

With the festival keeping downtown busy this weekend, people hope this trend of supporting your local businesses continues.

"There's great local art, there's great local food,  there's all sorts of great local stuff going on. We just want everybody that lives in the county or lives outside of Augusta to realize 'Hey, downtown Augusta is a vibrant, up and coming place' and please come down and support us," Carpenter said.

The festival continues Sunday afternoon and is excepted to bring out a record number of people, all of whom are supporting their local vendors and local businesses in downtown this weekend.

For the layout and schedule for the Arts in the Heart Festival, visit their website.

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