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Successful summer in Jacksonville for Britt Fest and businesses

Britt Festival's CEO and President says this summer was one of the festival's best seasons.

Posted: Sep 18, 2019 6:13 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2019 6:17 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Ore -- Today tourists and locals enjoyed the last few days of summer in Jacksonville. Even in the rain.

This summer rain wasn't really a problem and neither was the smoke. "It was a much better summer for all of Jacksonville." said Sandi Whittle. She is the owner of La Boheme.

Whittle told NewsWatch 12 everything went back to normal this year. Including the number of shoppers. "Last year we saw less, because when the smoke was out no one was going to walk around Jacksonville." said Whittle. 

Her store isn't the only one having a better summer. Britt Festival's CEO and President Donna Briggs says this summer was one of the best for the festival. "This is my 9th season with Britt. Everything just worked this year." said Briggs. 

Briggs said the weather, the acts and the people made the summer a success. "Last summer was a challenge. This summer we were due a break, weren't we?" said Briggs.

Whittle was excited to meet me today, because she wanted to give a thank you to local firefighters. "Local firefighters were amazing. When the Applegate fire hit they were out there so fast and put it out so fast." said Whittle. 

In one word she described how this summer went for her business. "Fantastic." said Whittle. 

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