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Downtown Days, 2021: that's a wrap

The City of Columbia Renaissance Committee completed the 2021 Downtown Days festival Saturday evening with a good crowd in attendance at the country music performance.

Mother Nature provided perfect weather with sunshine and temperatures in the 70s and 80s for both days of events starting with food court openings on Friday afternoon and booths selling all kinds of items just in time for the holidays.

The new stage took much less time to set up which meant the Public Square parking and traffic was able to continue for more hours than in past, an important consideration for downtown businesses.The only thing that might have made things better would have been if gas hadn't topped $3 per gallon.

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Family, food and shopping time at the festival



2021-10-09 - Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Crowds were on the square Saturday morning, October 10, 2021, for the continuing Downtown Days festival. The Bryant girls - Mercedes holding Effie Faye, with Willa Jean beside her and Izzie Mae in the stroller - were enjoying a walk around the booths.

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Squarecrows made it through the festival



2021-10-11 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Alexis Grider.
Columbia's annual Squarecrows started moving in to downtown the first of October and enjoyed all the company visiting through Downtown Days. This Squarecrow is from Spero Health, where Sretta Clark, Facility Administrator in Columbia, Ky. There are still spaces available. Email coladair@duo-county.com for details.

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Downtown Days 2021: bungee jumping



2021-10-11 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Bungee jumping is always a popular activity for the kids.

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Downtown Days 2021: Christmas booth



2021-10-11 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Booths all around the square offered items for holiday gifting and this booth offered decorations for the Christmas season.

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Downtown Days 2021: water experience



2021-10-11 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
This festival "ride" looks like an amazing experience from the delight on most young faces. However, one found it freaky and cried to a quick rescue.

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Downtown Days 2021: animals welcome at festival



2021-10-11 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Jane Todd.
Strolling the square at Downtown Days were several pets, this one a pet goat, checking out the booths.

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Downtown Days 2021: concert crowd



2021-10-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo from the office of Adair County Judge Executive .
ACJE Gale Cowan sends this picture of Saturday night on the Public Square at the country music concert. The dramatic photo is from the AAA camera placed by WBKO Channel 13 to show downtown Columbia scenes with weather reports on the station.

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Downtown Days 2021: Miss MacKenzie Bennett



2021-10-13 - Columbia, KY - Photo from festival collection.
MacKenzie Bennett is the newly crowned Miss Downtown Days 2021. The pageants were held as part of the annual festival Saturday morning, October 9, 2021 in Columbia.

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Downtown Days 2021: the only motorized vehicle



2021-10-13 - Downtown Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Wouldn't it be a good decision to make the Public Square more of a walking mall like Janice Holt Giles once proposed, having free parking in the four areas off the Square? It worked well during Downtown Days, every city parking lot was filled and seemed to have handled the crowds well. Vendors had specific load/unload hours and then the Square was closed to vehicles. The alleys around the Square took the vehicles to their destinations with a little guidance from law enforcement. It was so good to be able to watch the little train delivering families from one side of town to the other, and to see so many people strolling around the old Courthouse, booth and window shopping and dining. It was the one time that fear of getting run over didn't have to hamper shoppers and visitors.

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