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May 2--  The chairman of this year's Vidalia Onion Festival thinks the event this year raised enough money to refurbish the festival's cash reserve and enable planning for a big show next year.

{mosimage}"I was very pleased with how the community came out.  Sunday was extremely weak but Friday and Saturday were way above what we expected.  I don't have final numbers yet, but I think we're right on the plan we set a year ago or maybe slightly above it," chairman Tim Truxel reports.

Truxel said his goal was to generate $80,000.

"It was important we could rebuiltd those reserves because the earlier you can plan for the acts, the better off you are and the better the festival will be next year," he said.

The 2013 festival will see the return of the Navy's Blue Angels and other aviation acts.  That should attract even more people and Truxel promises to avoid the traffic jam which plagued festival-go'ers Friday night.

"It's going to be a very busy place and we're going to be geared up and ready to handle the crowds next year.  Hindsight's always 20-20 and I think if we had had both gates open, we would have been able to get everybody in, but we won't make that mistake again," Truxel promises.