DANSVILLE — The community allowed its imagination to come to life during the Second Annual Fairy Festival.
On July 6 the historic downtown was filled with fairy enthusiasts, and several local businesses took part in bringing that enchantment to small children.
Jeanne Gridley, Dansville ArtWorks board member, and Susan DeMuth, Dogwood Trading Company owner, created this event last year.
“There are more people getting on board with it this year,” Gridley said. “There are 23 fairy doors in town now, and some at the Pioneer Park. We hope that this continues into the future.”
Gridley added that more and more people are becoming fascinated by fairy doors and fairy festivals.
“This is a fascination that people don’t grow out of,” she said. “It sparks imagination in the community.”
There were hundreds of people who came through to find those tiny fairy doors last summer, Gridley said.
“We were keeping guests books of all the hundreds of people who were coming down last summer,” she said. “We had people from 12 different states being a part of this.”
Dansville ArtWorks had several crafts including fairy wooden necklaces and fairy wands. Also, storyteller Cris Riedel provided several of her fairytales to the public.
The Dansville Class of 2020 was outside of Dansville ArtWorks fundraising for Prom and Ball. They were selling soda, candy bars, slime, and cotton candy.
Kaylee Lohrmann, K’s Canine Training and Services owner has really embraced her downtown storefront, and is taking part in these festivals.
“I really love these First Friday events,” she said. “I was asked to help run the Kidding Around Downtown event this year.”
“I really love being on downtown, and my neighbors are really great,” Lohrmann continued. “These little events are awesome, and help promote the local businesses.”
Lohrmann had a scavenger hunt in her fairy garden for the festival.
“I really love the fairy door that Dansville ArtWorks made for me,” she said. “I see kids stopping by my window a few times a week looking for it. I love that the kids are getting so excited about fairies.”
Jenni Leuzzi, Mill Creek Optical owner did some fairy crowns at the shop for the children.
“This is one of the good ones,” she said. “I have seen a lot of ‘fairies’ walking up and down the street for the festival.”
The fairy doors has been popular all over the community, and many of the storefront owners agree this has created a lot of interest.
“There is a lot going on lately in this community,” Leuzzi said. “If we have anything to do with kids you will see a lot of people come downtown. Parents are always looking for things to do that isn’t expensive, or involves sitting in front of the TV."
DeMuth had fairy castles being made at her store for the festival.
“It is a lot of fun, and everyone really looks forward to this festival,” she said. “The kids love looking for the fairy doors up and down the streets.”
DeMuth added that a lot of out-of-towners and campers have taken part in this community-fun program as well.
“It started out as an idea, and a lot of people didn’t know if it was going to work,” she said. “Now we are seeing a lot of people have fun with family and friends.”
Mike Adam of Dansville State Farm said that he wished he was part of it last year, but he was happy to give out balloons and fairy treats this time.
“This is so much fun that I wish I would’ve done it last year,” he said. “It is fun to interact with people, and watch the kids get surprised finding the fairy doors.”