At 39 years old, the Arbutus Arts Festival was older than many of the thousands of people who swarmed East Drive to peruse its more than 200 vendors underneath wispy clouds on May 20.
Ella Grimes, 79, has sold items at the festival each year of its existence and seen the number of shoppers and vendors increase over nearly four decades.
Billed as the largest one-day festival in Maryland, the event features handmade crafts, including pottery, paintings, figurines, and jewelry, as well as clothing and sports memorabilia.
"It's grown, no doubt about it," Grimes said as she sat at her booth, "Crafty Things," during the festival. "It's good.You get diversity."
Grimes recalled how in its first year, the festival's vendors in the middle of East Drive stretched only from Linden Avenue to Sulphur Spring Road. Sunday, vendors lined each side of East Drive from Sulphur Spring Road into the parking lot past Linden Avenue.