By Robert Haugh
This past weekend, Santa Clara’s annual Art & Wine Festival drew good crowds on Saturday with less attendance on Sunday because of rain.
Initially, 25,000 people were expected to attend the 40th anniversary event in Central Park but that number may have been lower because of the weather.
The Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival raises money for Santa Clara community groups and nonprofits. Approximately, 160 artists and vendors offered entertainment, crafts and food.
Saturday afternoon was a busy time. Commemorative wine glasses were sold out on the first day drawing some complaints from attendees who visited only on Sunday.
Numerous candidates showed up to meet Mission City residents.
According to organizers, Mayor Lisa Gillmor was the only candidate who attended both days.
She and Councilman Anthony Becker who is running against her for Mayor had a booth. Gillmor’s booth showed significantly more interest and activity from the festival attendees.
Councilmembers Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy attended the festival on Saturday. So did Councilmember Kevin Park.
So did their opponents Larry McColloch and Christian Pellecchia.
Recall organizer Burt Field was also working the festival and drawing interest from local residents about his efforts.