GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Festival committee members and attendees were ecstatic to enjoy the 45th annual festival on the rivers after not having one since 2019.

“We’re getting back to normal, it’s a good day sun shining, the lord is with us and we’re just glad we have a great crowd,” Committee member Faye Smith said.

According to Smith, close to 6,000 people from surrounding areas come out over a three-day course for the arts and craft vendors, food, fun, and live entertainment.

“Never been here and it’s awesome yall need to come to check it out in Geneva,” Woodrow Branes Jr. said.

“We never heard of it I’ve been living in headland for a few years we got some tickets and wanted to come to see Marshall Tucker,” said Amy Tucker, a Headland resident.

For Greg Adams, he comes to the festival every year — he says it allows everybody to get together and fellowship and allow vendors to promote their business and makeup profit that may have taken a hit during the pandemic.

“It’s just a good time to get people to come to Geneva and see what it’s all about,” Greg Adams said.

While the thousand of people are exploring the city of two rivers, not only will the festival continue to be a success, it benefits Geneva’s pockets as well.

“I think it’s great for the community because all of the people are here and they are going to shop a good bit and thats what we want to do is promote our community,” Smith said.

The last day of the festival is Sunday.