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30A Songwriter's Festival Finishes Up

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More than 150 music artists and their fans crowded into South Walton County, this weekend.

After three jam-packed days of music, fun, and gorgeous weather, the 30A Songwriter's Festival is coming to a close.

This time of year, the beach is usually quiet, but music on 30A is anything but.

"In January, before the event was established most of the business closed down," said Russell Cater, Event Producer.

The Arts Alliance of Walton County got the idea to lure singer-songwriters into the area with the offer of a beautiful place to stay, on the beach. In exchange, they would perform during the weekend.

 "Artists came down and loved it," said Carter. "So, the next year we asked twice as many artists, and doubled the number of venues."

Five years later, the festival is bigger than ever, offering crowds non-stop music for three days and more than 150 artists to choose from.

"This is our 4th time and we enjoy hearing the old the new the discovered and the undiscovered," said Ed Milton, from Atlanta.

"It's just a wide variety of genres, little bit of country little rock and roll, little blue grass and a little bit of everything it's wonderful," said Jamie Milton, Atlanta.

25 venues spread all across 30A, each offering something special.

"Some intimate, some wide open, where you can bring your chairs and other where you are up close and personal," said Milton. "It's just that variety stretching all across 30A that make it a unique experience."

There's no doubt the crowds love to listen, but its beneficial to the artists, too.

 "I was just talking to an artist who just came off stage and he was telling me that when he comes down here he just wants to automatically write, there is just so much creative energy in the air here," said Carter.

All of the proceeds from the event go to the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.