Downtown King was the place to be Saturday afternoon as local businesses and artisans lined the streets for an afternoon of food, fellowship and fun at the annual Meet Me on Main event.
“I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Cathy Loveday. “One person estimated at one point that we might have had about a 1,000 people, so I think we had a pretty decent turnout.”
Visitors to the event had a chance to stroll through the town’s main streets visiting local shops that stayed open late, shopping arts and crafts sold by vendors and finding out information about local civic groups.
“We were able to have more vendors than in the past by moving it to the spring,” said Loveday, noting that the event ended up having over 80 vendors. “We only had about a month to plan for it, so hopefully next year, with it being at a set time, we can grow it even more. We want to start advertising it earlier next year so people know well in advance that it is happening.”
Loveday said the vendors at the event did very well and noted that it looked like the downtown businesses that stayed open also had good traffic.
“It looked like quite a few people were going in and out of them, so I think a lot of people were shopping with them,” she said. “I heard a lot of good things from the people at the event and the Chamber board and City Council all seem to be pleased with how it turned out.”
Loveday said she hopes to grow the event in future years.
“I think we will have a bigger turnout as time goes on and I think I can get even more vendors in future years,” she said. “I think we will see a big growth in that in future years. There is room to take it even further down the streets.”
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.