SunFest vendors experience business boost

Only 175 art vendors are present each year

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - About a quarter of a million people are expected to walk through the gates of Sunfest by Sunday night.

Vendors who were inside the festival were hoping to cash in on that large number of people. Behind the music and thousands of spectators, there are hundreds of people at SunFest who are focused on business.

While most people go to SunFest to have fun, Bill Miller and his business partner Susan Kelleghan are there to make a living, selling unique 3D art to a captive audience that hails from all over the United States.

For a $350 fee, these artists haul in their products, set up shop for three days along the waterfront, and hope to strike it rich. "We could reach a lot more people than if we went to a smaller show," said Kelleghan. Only 175 artists get to sell their work at SunFest, so it is an exclusive and hopefully lucrative club.

Gail Markiewicz was selling her one-of-a-kind clay creations. It takes a lot of work and a lot of effort to be a vendor at SunFest, but these business people say it is well worth it. "I've been doing this for 28 years and this is the only way that I make my living," said Markiewicz.

SunFest comes to a close Sunday night.

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