Saturday’s Fourth Fest in downtown Greenville was a huge success as the size of the crowd was the biggest ever.
A couple of rains in the four o’clock hour failed to dampen the spirits of those at the festival.
The Greenville Muny Band overcame the rain and played its outdoor concert on the courthouse lawn.
Prior to that, a nice crowd attended the solo performances of Pat Liston and Jeff Chapman.
When the music began on the main stage, the crowd continued to grow, eventually filling the courthouse lawn and the streets. The audience enjoyed the music of the Air Force Band, Starlight; Confederate Railroad and Big Love, the Fleetwood Mac tribute band.
Many people stayed after the fireworks for the tribute concert.
Rex Catron, co-chairman of Fourth Fest, said he thinks it was the grandest Fourth Fest yet. He said the crowds were great and people had a good time.
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A couple of times during the night, Emcee Ryan Mifflin asked how many were there from outside of Bond County, and both times there was a big roar.
Catron was very pleased with the big crowd and surprised by the out-of-county visitors.
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This was the first time Fourth Fest had a carnival and it was a big attraction throughout the day.