Between 4,000 and 5,000 children and students attended Thursday's opening day of the Kentucky Folklife Festival in downtown Frankfort and at least another 4,000 are expected today.
With delightful autumn weather, Bob Gates, festival director, said early Thursday evening he was extremely happy with the way things went on opening day.
"You always have to iron out a few bugs on the first day," he said. "Some of the artists aren't used to this many kids. The Community Crossroads area, something new this year, has worked really well for us."
On the Old State Capitol grounds, Community Crossroads is an area where diverse communities come together to share their culture. Indian, Latino, deaf and Carcassone communities are represented.
"People have been amazed to see a woman from India making rangoli, popular Hindu art," Gates said.