Main Street Kent has built a reputation for throwing great parties in downtown Kent but they outdid themselves last weekend with the first annual Kent Potterfest.
By any measure Potterfest was a huge success.
Throughout the afternoon Kent businesses had lines out the door, hotels from downtown to Brimfield were booked up with Hogwart’s graduates, and by the end of the night restaurants were running low on food, stores were selling out of products, and the parking deck was full.
Typically that kind of crowd can lead to patience running short and tempers flaring but the crowd was remarkably good natured, with everyone enjoying all of the sites and sounds that J.K. Rowling dreamed up in her stories.
What started as a small gesture to promote the sale of the new J.K. Rowling book in the Harry Potter series turned out to be a record setting first time event that rivaled Halloween in terms of number of people and costume apparel on display in downtown Kent.
Apparently if you want to dress up in costumes, Kent is the place to do it.
I guess it speaks to what can happen when you tap into a cultural phenomenon like Harry Potter.
Next up, the Budweiser Clydesdales cultural icons next Thursday, 8/11 with a 5:30 pm arrival and 6:30 pm parade planned.