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Thousands of individuals attend the annual Harvest Festival in downtown South Boston on Saturday.

Despite the heat, crowds flocked to downtown South Boston for the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday.

Thousands attended during the day-long festival, enjoying the lively entertainment, delicious food, browsing among 102 participating artisans, crafters, businesses and community groups, and of course, children’s games and activities.

Sara Davis, special events coordinator of Destination Downtown South Boston, which sponsors the event, said, “Every year the festival gives people the opportunity to relax, have one-on-one conversations with business owners and vendors, and take the time to learn more about our community. We are happy to give everyone the chance to catch up with 6,000 of their closest friends and neighbors.

“The Harvest Festival shows what a tight-knit community South Boston is. In a small downtown area, we include more than 100 non-profit organizations, churches, vendors, community groups, banks, restaurants and cultural attractions.

“The festival continues to attract more visitors and vendors, but essentially has stayed true to its origins by bringing the community together for a fun, affordable day out,” said Davis.

“The festival has become a favorite fall tradition. Everything went wonderful all day, we had a large crowd and we were very pleased with the success of the event. It was an incredible day.”

Davis called the weather hotter than usual, which caused visitors to stay, enjoy and then get out of the heat, instead of staying long hours at one time.

She added that vendors, many of them offering a diverse array of foods, said they were looking forward to coming back next year.

Musicians, balloon sculptors, craftsmen, and food vendors lined the streets as thousands of people — young, old and in between —meandered down Main Street and soaked in the atmosphere.

“We had great entertainers and performers; youngsters hopped, skipped and jumped around on the bounce houses, while others tried their hands at pumpkin painting,” said Davis.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves.”