For six consecutive years I’ve been a part of the Good Beer Festival. After getting its legs under it and enduring a couple years of subpar weather in 2013 and 2014, the hopes were high for a banner event.
They didn’t take credit for the weather, but as always a number of local politicians crowded around the ribbon cutting. Accompanied by the fine folks of Wicomico County’s Recreation and Parks were (from left to right) County Councilman Marc Kilmer, County Council President John Cannon, County Executive Bob Culver, Senator Jim Mathias (in back), Delegates Carl Anderton (in back), Christopher Adams, and Sheree Sample-Hughes, and County Councilman John Hall.
One thing I liked was the schedule boards they added to alert those who came to the GBF to the various events going on that day. The event is focusing more and more on the home brewers, so the talks from local brewers were popular with that set.
As usual, Saturday drew the larger crowd. I took the photos at 1:30 and 3:30.
It didn’t seem quite as busy as last year, but not for lack of trying. Ever try human foosball?
Looked like fun, although it was a little cutthroat. On the other hand, the VIP tent seemed like it needed a little something – like people.
The local beer area is always a favorite, though. It features the ever-amusing chalkboards.
So went Saturday. As you may have noticed, Sunday was a clear, lovely day. But the crowd was far smaller.
Granted, I took these photos a little later in the day, but the attendance was probably half or less. Personally, I liked not having to deal with the larger crowds.
As long as they stopped by our tent…
…and participated in our corn poll.
Those who had the fullest Mason jars were Ben Carson and Donald Trump.
This was the perspective we had, as the sun was setting on another edition of the GBF.
So I close with this photo, just because I liked it.
In a few days I’ll do my look at the bands of the GBF.