Buffalo 50 years ago: Allentown Art Festival, 1969

       By Steve Cichon

“A sea of humanity floods Allentown” read the headline in the Courier-Express as the 1969 edition of the Allentown Art Festival set new attendance records topping 250,000 people.

With 500 exhibitors, the 1969 show was the first where Allen Street was closed to vehicular traffic.

“The crowds were remarkable patient and didn’t seem to mind the surging mass of humanity on all the sidewalks and streets in the area,” wrote Courier reporter Deborah Williams. “It is truly an event for all tastes and ages.”