A young salesman takes advantage of unprepared festival goers as he sells surgical masks before the colors fly during the Festival of Colors in Spanish Fork Saturday, March 27, 2010. MARK JOHNSTON/Daily Herald
Festivalgoers throw bags of colored chalk at the Festival of Colors at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork on Saturday. "It seems to double every year," said Vai Warden, a manager at the Krishna Temple, once the festival was winding down. But she, like many others, was happy about the good behavior of visitors at the temple Saturday afternoon. "No crime, no vandalism, just a lot of mess at the end of the day. But we have volunteers to help clean up and it's amazing that you get back to normal in a few days," she said. Bags of the colored chalk, all made of organic, edible maize, littered the temple grounds as groups of brightly colored attendees made their way home at the end of the day. All of the 50,000 bags of color ordered by the temple were sold out for the two festivals that occurred at noon and 4 p.m. with hopes of thinning out the crowds. But of the thousands of attendees arriving for the first throwing of colors, many stuck around for the following party that was joined by plenty more cleanly dressed arrivals. "The crowd is so good. Everybody is here to blow off some steam after being cooped up in winter for so long," said band leader Jai Krishna Das, who led the chanting crowd from the stage. In that crowd, Matt Hogue, of Sandy, who has been on his own search for peace found the festival sparked an inner light. "I would recommend it to anyone, to come and listen to a little bit of music and try and find some peace," he said.