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Westobou Festival in Dollars and Cents

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Molly McDowell, Westobou Executive Director says, "we accommodated almost 6,000 people."

At 40 to 45 dollars per person, the Color Run alone brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to Augusta-Richmond County. Add in paid/ticketed evening events and that's a big economic impact.

"This year westobou really hit its stride," McDowell adds.

She says bouncing around ideas and venues will hopefully help festival goers connect with the unexpected.

"If you just went down Broad Street yesterday afternoon it just amazing. There were people everywhere-- shops and restaurants and walking down the street enjoying our beautiful city," McDowell explains.

She says while the boost in business racks up, the affordable artistic events that come with Westobou Festival are something to bank on.

McDowell tells News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy "art is a beautiful thing. It's about the human spirit. And to offer that to our community in so many aspects, for free, was really exciting."

She goes on to say the generous funding from the Trustees of the Richmond Academy, as well as private donors and Mayor Copenhaver help the festival make art accessible to everyone, no matter your budget. An idea art lovers hope stays around to promote local business and artists.

Something Sydney Ewerth, a Westobou Gallerist, is one of those art lovers. She says, "Westobou has created a lot of jobs, I think. And it's created a lot of people to get out there and volunteer as well and get involved. So, I think it's stimulated a lot of energy and a lot of growth in the community."

The 2013 Westobou Festival will wrap up Sunday evening with the closing of the Klacsmann art gallery.

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