Threats of storms caused participants to trickle in, but by the time the FreedomFest fireworks started, several hundred viewers were seated about the Elkin Municipal Park thanks to the efforts of the Elkin Jaycees.
“The weather has been holding out really well so far,” said organizer Natalie Eidson shortly before a cloudburst caused the crowd to scatter for temporary shelter. “It’s a pretty good crowd in spite of the heat.”
The crowd for the nearly 20-minute fireworks display was increased beyond the festival by another several hundred including many parked in various parking lots throughout Jonesville as well as Elkin.
The crowd at the park was able to enjoy everything from BBQ sandwiches cooked by Mountain Valley Baptist Church in Ronda, Cuban Flavor treats and Mexican goodies to traditional festival food such as cotton candy and funnel cakes as well as such standards as Pizza Hut and Pepsi.
Festival goers also had the advantage of rocking along with Big Daddy Mojo. “The music has been fantastic,” said Eidson as the crowd danced and clapped their hands to the music.
Although the music was sufficiently loud to entertain the crowd, it was not unpleasantly noisy. With assistance from Karina Cothren as interpreter, Angelita Vargas said she enjoyed how peaceful and quiet the festival was. “We’ll see once the fireworks start,” said Vargas with a laugh. She was visiting FreedomFest for the first time.
Cothren, who had been to the festival last year, agreed, “I think it’s peaceful, too. I like it.”
Renee Redding also has been to FreedomFest the past two years driving to Elkin from Wilkesboro. “It’s nice. I like the atmosphere here,” said Redding, whose daughter Josey likes the bounce houses.
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