WEATHER is the biggest challenge to the predominantly outdoor Buskers Festival, says organiser John Logan.
Mr Logan and his helpers are in recovery mode today after the 2011 Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival ended yesterday.
The festival saw 30 performers at 29 venues, with 120 acts performed over nine days.
"I love all the fun of it and I still look forward to this time of the year," Mr Logan said yesterday.
He paid special tribute to the work of two stalwart volunteers, Tam Partridge and Yvonne Richards.
"There were others who helped but they were there for a big slice of time," he said.
He said wet weather had affected four days of the nine-day event, washing out Saturday's Botanic Garden event and the final show at the Harbourside Markets yesterday but the Children's Day had seen a "phenomenal" crowd of about 1200 and the indoor pub events had been packed, so overall he thought crowds were about on a par with last year, in spite of the weather.
"Friday night at the Garden we just got the show in and it was magic.
"The Jetty Theatre (event) did not quite work - perhaps it should not have been at the beginning.
"All the performers wanted to work in a theatre."