The second annual Lewiston PubFest last weekend to benefit the Variety Kids Telethon is seen as an overall success, report Lewiston Village Pub organizers.
"An excellent weekend, a great turnout," says Ken Scibetta, co-owner of the Lewiston Village Pub and chair of the event. He reports a total of $15,000 was raised over the two-day event with "a little over $12,000" going to benefit Variety programs after all associated costs were handled. "We're up 80 percent over last year," he added.
The event, held at Academy Park, expanded this year and featured a number of family-oriented activities. There was a kids zone with a bounce house, a games tent, visits with newly crowned Peach Queen Courtney Corbetta, a petting zoo, pony rides and more. "Families came in and had a good time in the kids zone. The weather was good," Scibetta said.
For the adults, there was a social tent, food offerings from Casa Antica and Melloni's, concessions, a basket auction, 50/50 splits, crafts, a car show, and the entertainment of 12 bands spread out over two days.
"It was very steady," said Scibetta. "Saturday night we had a good-sized crowd on hand for the bands."
Scibetta was all the more impressed with the turnout in view of his competition. PubFest was competing Saturday with such family-oriented events as the Lewiston Village Recreation Country Fair and Garage Sale at the Red Brick and KiteFest at Reservoir Park.
"Overall it went great," he said. "Our goal was to make it fun for the whole family, separating parts from others. I thought we succeeded."
For next year's event, Scibetta reports that planning is already getting under way. "We having a post meeting on future projects with Casa Antica, Melloni's. We'll see."
He said organizers would consider some changes, including a different time frame, possibly scheduling the event for spring next year. Also being discussed are adding small rides at Academy for the little ones and further including area businesses, possibly area farms into the mix. "Our goal is to make it even more local," Scibetta said.