Pelican Bay Arts Association officials hailed the weekend’s Festival of Art in Stout Park a big success and plans are underway for the 2018 event.

“The fifth year of the festival was a huge success,” said Vi Burton, founding organizer of the event. “The weather was perfect, crowds were large, sales were high, food and beverage were good and the music was most enjoyable.”

Model trains running at the Stout Mountain Railway Garden were popular.

Many people commented about the variety of artisans and high-caliber of workmanship.

The association, which sponsored the festival, announced the Best Booth Award winner was Robert MacKenzie, an artist who paints on sheet metal. He will receive free booth space next year. Judges were Brookings Mayor Jake Pieper and Councilor Dennis Triglia.

There were nine people who entered the Hat Extravaganza. The contestants paraded along the paths shouting out requests for votes. The winner, and perhaps the loudest, was Richard Leathers.

“Thanks to the many volunteers, both association members and people from the community,” Burton said. “It takes a lot of people to make the event a success.”

To sign up to be a volunteer next year, contact the association at 541-469-1807 or stop by the Manley Art Center at 433 Oak St. in Brookings. The event is Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5.