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15,000 attend annual celebration of music and San Clemente

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By Eric Heinz

The San Clemente Fiesta Music Festival increased in size and variety this year, according to Chamber of Commerce officials.

Lynn Wood, chief executive officer of San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, said about 15,000 people attended the event, and the festival attracted 25 arts and crafts vendors, 20 sports action companies and the chamber’s membership expo included 20 businesses. Music included 20 bands.

Additionally, the new mobile application worked well with the Fiesta, Wood said, in that people were able to navigate the different vendors booths and events.

“It was really good,” she said. “I haven’t found out how many people went on it, but if we do it every year and people get more and more into it, we’ll end up not doing maps. It’s really easy if you’re looking for a restroom or certain vendor.”

Being able to retain business’ information on the app was beneficial, Wood said.

“If you saw a particular business, such as one that makes windows, and couldn’t remember who it was, you could hit that section and find their website and information,” she said, adding that attendees’ photos could be uploaded for sharing.

All stages this year were solar-powered, Wood said, and next year she would like to increase the number of demonstrations and expos to display the different amenities, activities and businesses in San Clemente.

“It was an overall good event, and it was just fun to see the crowd mixed with everyone from 12-year-olds to 60-year-olds listening to the music,” she said.

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