Traffic flows at arts fest

Row upon row of cars filled the makeshift parking lot on the Coupeville Community Green as people descended upon the town’s Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend.

On Saturday, heavy vehicle traffic caused the upper overflow parking lot to fill up as well.

Mike Dessert, the president of the Coupeville Festival Association estimates more than 15,000 people came to the festival this year.

Despite the large number of people swooping into the historic town, Main Street and Hwy. 20 remained free of traffic backups. It was a big improvement over last year, when traffic turning onto Main Street caused a backup on the highway during the peak midday hours on Saturday.

In her second year as co-chair of the parking committee for the festival, Eileen Stone said that this year’s parking operation was “awesome” and that everything went well.

Twice as many volunteers turned out to help with parking this year, she said. Some kept an eye on the roads and made sure they remained free of traffic. Communicating via walkie-talkie, the volunteers were able to divert cars to the overflow lot as needed.

“It went so smoothly because of the planning involved and working together,” Stone said.

Stone is the unit director of the nonprofit Boys and Girls Club of Coupeville, which receives a portion of the festival’s $3 parking fee.

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