Friday, June 1, 2012

Wellness Festival sets attendance record

Ticket sales up 27 percent


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival celebrated its 15th event last weekend, exceeding ticket sales by 27 percent over last year.

"It was a huge success. There were more people than I have ever seen at the festival," said festival President Nick Maricich.

Maricich said keynote speaker Jill Bolte Taylor drew the most people—650—since Deepak Chopra spoke 10 years ago.

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of speakers and practitioners of mind-body-spirit practices and environmental wellness. Presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, the festival follows a mission to "inspire positive change."

Jack Sibbach, public relations director for Sun Valley Co., said the Wellness Festival is good for the resort and good for the community.

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"We enjoy having it. It gives us some room nights and people use the restaurant. It's a good thing for us over the Memorial Day weekend," Sibbach said.

Wellness Festival Director Ellen Gillespie said the festival was started in 1997 by Cheryl Welch Thomas and Carol Waller.

"The Chamber of Commerce was looking for events over Memorial Day weekend, when town was usually dead," Gillespie said.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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