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PHOTOS: An Athens summer without AthFest

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On the left, Dreams So Real closes out the final day of AthFest 2019 with hundreds of festival guests. On the right, Washington Street in Athens is void of AthFest festivities. (Photo/Gabriella Audi and Taylor Gerlach)

In 2019, sleepy, summertime Athens came alive for three days during the 23rd annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival. Hundreds of fans gathered at outdoor and indoor venues to listen to artists. Festival-goers of all ages flooded the streets — shopping at vendors and grabbing food and drinks at outdoor beer gardens while kids flew down inflatable slides. One year later, Athens is void of the booming speakers and massive crowds milling about Washington Street.

AthFest was one of the many events canceled or postponed this summer due to to COVID-19. The Red & Black photo desk took a look at the summer that could have been, comparing socially distanced, mask-mandated Athens to the Athens that hosted the 23rd annual AthFest.

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