The heat was no match for the festive crowd at FreedomFest at Elkin Municipal Park hosted by the Elkin Jaycees Saturday evening.
Although a languid crowd enjoyed the joking ways of Big Daddy Mojo’s Brett Munn of Lewisville as he lead fellow band members Tracy Hodges of Mount Airy, Lance Lucas of Winston-Salem and Andy McHone of Dobson, it was not until the sun settled the steamy weather that the crowd began to get lively.
“There was only a little interaction with the band,” said Andy Todd, who was visiting from Ohio. “He was calling for more, but once it was time for the fireworks, everybody as one watched.”
That unity could be seen as the diverse crowd rose as the national anthem played over the address system, after Big Daddy Mojo was done filling the park with a variety of tunes throughout the evening.
“[They played] all kinds of music,” said 11-year-old Abby Todd. “I like all of them.”
What she liked most was the fireworks.
“They were awesome. My favorites were the ones that went up and sparkled and then you could see like little sparkles falling down,” said Abby.
Local 9-year-old Colten Vestal also enjoyed the fireworks from a lot near the park.
“There was like two of them where it shot up and then it sounded like whistles coming down,” said Colten, describing his favorite fireworks.
Those fireworks as well as the bands and vendors at FreedomFest were made possible through the sponsorship of All-Star Rental, Century 21, Dirty Joes Coffee, Elk Pharmacy, Elkin Downtown Business Association, Evergreen Elder Law, Explore Elkin, Fairfield Inn, G&B Energy, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Law Office of R. Blake Cheek, Secure South, town of Elkin and Ward & Ward Properties.
“Without our sponsors we just couldn’t make this happen,” said Thomas Eidson, Elkin Jaycees president.
The Jaycees is an organization of young business professionals who focus on human aspects of business, serving people and purpose through their professional interactions.
Colten appreciated the fireworks and all the effort that went into the work of the Jaycees, however, he did have one request.
“I want to see a huge American flag inside the fireworks,” said Colten, with consideration for the large number of people who attended FreedomFest both inside the park as well as throughout the community.
“It was a lot of people. I wouldn’t say the whole town but a lot of people,” said Colten.
The Todd family was captivated with their visit to the festival and the way it represented the community.
“The amount of people that came out and participated in all the different things, the number of vendors that you guys had and the people that were actually purchasing from the vendors and participating with the band [was impressive],” said Amy Todd.
“That’s a lot of people for a small town for sure. I love that it’s a small community and they made it feel like a big town because our town does not have that.”
“It’s smaller and less crazy, but I like it,” said Abby.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.