This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY’s community rules. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. The 47th annual edition continues the festival’s reputation as a premiere exhibition of nationally-juried artists, performing arts, and live music. As a feather in its cap, GGAF is now ranked #9 among the “Nation’s Best Fine Art and Design Shows,” an accolade announced by Sunshine Artist Magazine. “I have been involved with GGAF since 1988 and this is the first time we have ever ranked in the top 10,” said Eileen Perrigo, president of its Board of Directors. Sunshine Artist, a trade publication which tracks art and craft shows nationwide, compiled its rankings by surveying past exhibiting artists. “From personal interaction with the artists, they enjoy the outdoor ambiance in Seville Square, the friendliness of the volunteers and art patrons, and geographic location,” Perrigo added.    The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival started humbly in 1973 in the parking lot of the former Municipal Auditorium. Later, it strategically moved to the leafier Plaza Ferdinand and eventually Seville Square. Today, it draws between 100,000-150,000 visitors and stimulates ...