Diane Millington, events coordinator for the Davison Downtown Development Authority, said last year’s festival had lower attendance because of torrential rain. The festival is usually kicked off with a Friday parade downtown, but Millington decided to organize a trunk or treat since the area was clogged with construction. The trunk or treat started the festival with a bang, she said, drawing about 3,000 people for a line that stretched two blocks. Saturday’s festivities attracted the crowds that Millington is used to seeing from previous years. “We bring out the community to show what they do best,” Millington said. “Just bringing the community together and enjoying downtown.” Davison resident Tiffini Bridgett went to the festival with her husband, twin two-year-old boys and mother. She has been attending the festival for about 10 or 12 years. “Davison is really close-knit, and this is a good excuse to get together and have fun,” she said, and she and her family watched her nephew compete in the pizza-eating contest.
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