An upsurge in volunteers helped make the 27th annual Savage Fest on Saturday, June 7, an especially successful event, according to organizers.
"We had several more volunteers, and the local churches also pitched in this year," said Sara Vermillion, vice president of the Savage Community Association. "We had so many helping hands."
Though no formal count was taken, she estimated the crowd at up to 5,000, which is bigger than usual. The prevailing sunshine was a big help, she said.
The festival, held at Savage's Baldwin Common, which Vermillion said "has not changed that much over the years," features music, food, crafts, raffles and community information booths.
Among the new attractions this year was local actor Chuck Dick, who portrayed the historical figure and Savage resident Commodore Joshua Barney (1759-1818).
Also new this year was the magic show Magic in the Mill and 360 Degrees, an interactive Lego Robotics demonstration.
Festival sponsors included the Gould family, Savage Liquors, Storch Realty, Wegman's, Weis and 2 Go Deli.