Hundreds flock to Swan Festival after 6-year hiatus

By Lydia Goerner | Jul 29, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Cullan DeGowin, 5, tests his strength with the hammer game in Besse Park.

The Swan Festival came back with a bang after a six-year lull, with hundreds enjoying the live music and the smell of kettle corn wafting through the air Saturday.

The Wareham Village Association has not hosted the Swan Festival in Wareham since 2011, said Tracy McGraw, president of the Wareham Village Association.

“We said, let’s just do it and see what happens, and the response was crazy, crazy good,” McGraw said, adding that 22 vendors paid for a spot on Merchants Way.

“The swans have kind of become the Wareham mascot,” McGraw said.

Besse Park was filled with inflatable objects, a face painting station and other games and activities for kids. Merchants Way was home to various vendors. Business owners enjoyed the opportunity to gain exposure and new customers.

“It’s nice to do local events,” said Joan Baptiste of Heavenly Goddess in East Wareham, who said she had good business on Saturday despite the cool weather. “I can pick up repeat customers this way.”

Now that the Swan Festival has been reignited, McGraw said it will be a yearly event once again.

Rachel and Ed Ross of Crazy for Cookies had their first Swan Festival booth and said they found business better than they expected. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Roaming Railroad rode through Merchants Way throughout the day picking up passengers. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Lynne Rhodes (left) and Robin Rouse were a few of the 21 volunteers at Swan Festival. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Makayla Eversole, 11, receives an airbrush tattoo from Temp Body Art in Rhode Island. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Joan Baptiste set up her Heavenly Goddess booth on Saturday, hoping to bring new customers to her shop in West Wareham. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Brett Labonte (left) and Mary "Mumma" Labonte sold Italian specialties from the back of their restaurant. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Live music was provided by Dan Vera of DHO Entertainment. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Masaydes Perry (left) and Niyelie Nercado enjoy cotton candy with James (middle) and Gianna Hernandez (back). (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Jul 29, 2017 21:16

Sounds like a blast!  Glad to hear it will be an annual event.  (I couldn't attend because I was working.)  Way to go Wareham Village Association!

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