Happy Fremont Festival of the Arts to all of you who like big crowds, cover bands and the biggest selection of wind chimes east or west of the Mississippi. It’s a great day to buy faux Navajo jewelry.
I got a call Friday that I’d been dreading for about for years. The caller’s a big fan of the festival, but he said there’s no way it gets nearly 400,000 people over two days. The chamber says it gets about 385,000, but since it’s free and no one has to sign up for anything, that figure is probably more art than science.
I tried to defend my many stories with the 400k figure, but I caved in pretty quickly. If 400,000 is a fair estimate, that means that over the 16 hours of the festival, there is an average more than 20,000 people in attendance and that every hour there would have to be a completely new batch of 20,000+ people in attendance.
Basically that would mean the festival draws more than a sold out Sharks crowd every hour for 16 hours. The caller said if that was the case, the freeways and BART would be jammed packed and there wouldn’t be parking for two miles. But that isn’t the case.
At least that wasn’t the case in past years. I’m not going anywhere near that festival. But it’s only three weeks to the Niles Flea Market!!!