Started by Terry Olson, Andy Anthony, and Rick Kunst, the first festival is held in Downtown Orlando and run by Orlando Theatre Project.

The festival started with a one-block “parade” down Church Street with the “World’s Worst Marching Band”

Buttons cost $2 and tickets are $7

34 performance groups and four venues are used.

Performers were chosen on a first-come-first-served basis.

Venues were built out of abandoned storefronts in Downtown Orlando and identified by colored air tubes on the sides of the buildings.

The Fringe Art Gallery featured the works of 28 local artists.

The total annual operating budget was $79,000.

International acts were from England, Puerto Rico, and Canada.