Pictures from Fest in the West

Cary, NC — The weather was dodgy over the weekend, but Fest in the West found a place in the sun at Parkside Town Commons.

Western Cary’s First Big Festival

The energy was high on Sunday, May 22, 2016 as artists, musicians, food vendors, local breweries and attendees descended on Parkside Town Commons, the new shopping center in Western Cary, for the first-ever Fest in the West, a production of CaryCitizen.

“Stunning success,” said Lindsey Chester, the festival’s creator. “Everyone had a blast.”

Three bands, five breweries, a massive Kid’s Zone, artists, vendors and food vendors turned the shopping center into a Western-style street fair. Favorite events included the pie eating contest, Hillbilly Horseshoes and the antique farm equipment provided by Upchurch Farms.



Members of the Carolina Pinecones, a youth bluegrass band


Watercolorist Lyudmila Tomova painted en plein air.


Happy Dan the Magic Man


The unique stained glass of Riverswirl Creations, Lauren and Henry Lovejoy.

The unique stained glass of Riverswirl Creations, Lauren and Henry Lovejoy.


Cary Pottery’s Kenneth Neilsen.


Dan Pike, the voice of the Cary Invasion, created some excitement ahead of the Pie Eating contest.






Lindsey Chester, festival creator, found herself the subject of media attention.


Festival staff included Larry and Renee Grooms, Joy Pike and Michael Papich.


Hillbilly Horeshoes


Milton Ganyard’s 104 year old Model T.


Peak City Blues closed out an afternoon well-spent in Western Cary.

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

5 replies
  1. Gary Miller
    Gary Miller says:

    This was a wonderful event on a Sunday Afternoon. Lots of local artisans and community connections. Really enjoyed the craft beer and the music, it added so much! Hope they hold this event again.

  2. doc thorne
    doc thorne says:

    A great concept. A great time. Kudos Lindsey. Thanks! Looking forward to the next one! (Wonderful pix, too, Hal!)

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