Annual festival brings back some tradition

By WEEK Producer

June 1, 2014 Updated Jun 2, 2014 at 10:03 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- An annual festival in Washington brought back some tradition for a community devastated by last year's tornado.

The Good Neighbor Days Festival saw hundreds of visitors this weekend.

The festival included a carnival, crafters, and food.

Organizers hope the festival gave residents something familiar to look forward to.

"I just hope it continues like this every year. I don't think things like this should stop just because a tornado sadly devastated the town," said Washington resident Stefanie Hays. "It's more important this year than any other year. Just seeing everyone come together and have a good time."

"It is really nice and I love the fact that they changed the name back to Good Neighbor Days," said tornado survivor Mary Stambaugh.

This year, organizers expect to make $40,000 from the festival.

Profits will go towards future events put on by the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

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