Part of Elm Street was closed most of Sunday afternoon, and Peace Park was filled with information booths, crafters and festival-goers at the third annual Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride Day Festival.
The event served two purposes, said Steven Galbreath, co-coordinator for Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride.
“We wanted to celebrate the harvest and get some accurate information out about pagans,” said Galbreath, who is also known in the Pagan community by his craft name, Uthyr Riverbear. “That’s what we were here to do, and I think we did that.”
Galbreath said that during the day nearly 1,000 people passed through the festival grounds. The festival collected more than 100 pounds of food and $320 to donate to charity, Galbreath said.
At the beginning of the festival, the event’s organizers held a ritual in honor of the Autumnal Equinox, one of the eight holy days that Pagans celebrate each year. There were also workshops and classes on mead-making and jewelry.