It was the proverbial good news, bad news weekend in Galt. A good-sized crowd showed up tp the Strawberry Festival in mild weather on Saturday, but the next day, vendors literally folded up their tents early, thanks to a mid-day storm.
Ann Ullrich, a volunteer at the festival, sponsored by the Galt District Chamber of Commerce, estimated a crowd of 9,000 to 10,000 people on Saturday at Veterans Field and the Galt Market grounds, where they enjoyed carnival rides, vendors, a Johnny Cash tribute band, a children's beauty pageant and vendors preparing all kinds of food swimming with strawberries.
One of the few activities taking place once it started raining on Sunday was Greenich's Acres' petting zoo. The covered pen was filled with llamas, lambs, goats, turkeys, pigs and other animals. Children appeared to be having the time of their lives petting the animals. Some even bottle-fed baby pigs.
One of the first-time vendors at the Strawberry Festival was Family Radio, a Christian ministry that proclaims that the world will end beginning May 21 — less than one week away.
Mainline Christian churches vehemently deny that the world will end on Saturday, as Family Radio members insist. Mainline pastors generally say that the world will end someday, but the Bible doesn't indicate when that will be.
Ullrich and Terry Parker-Owning, who also volunteered in staffing the Strawberry Festival, said there were some problems on Saturday, when Family Radio advocates camped out by the festival entrance.
Chamber officials ordered the Judgment Day advocates to leave the festival entrance, Ullrich said.
"They were scaring the hell out of people, telling them they were going to die," Parker-Owning said.
It's not exactly the theme the chamber was looking for when it came to a fun, family-oriented community festival, Parker-Owning said.
Nevertheless, Family Radio representatives distributed printed materials from their booth inside festival grounds, and they walked around the grounds distributing leaflets.
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