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The crowd was alive Friday night as children and adults shagged to the music of the Tams, a beach music group from Atlanta, Ga.
People clapped and waved their hands as the beach music put smiles on everyone’s faces.
The second annual Denver Days Fall festival pulled in a large number of people, especially on Friday night with the added entertainment.
“I came for the music,” said Donna Hatcher of Denver. “I have never heard the Tams before, but I thought it would be neat to reminisce with beach music.”
Most of the crowd thought so, too, as they sang along to old songs such as, “Wanna Go Higher in Carolina,” “I Feel Good,” and “I Promise I Will Always Love You.”
Members of the Tams even got on the dance floor with members of the audience to compare dance moves. By the end of the night, the Tams received a standing ovation.
Hatcher said she was impressed with the number of vendors and large amount of space at the festival.
She was also glad she could bring her children.
“It’s no cost and the kids enjoy it, so they don’t watch TV all the time,” Hatcher said.
Denver resident Denise Sigmon was also glad she came out to the annual Denver Days festival.
“It’s growing, it’s getting better,” Sigmon said. “I worked it last year, and I think there are a lot more people this year.”
Sigmon wanted to come again in order to support the community. She brought her brother from out of state, her nephew and his wife.
“They love it here,” she said. “I am showing them what Denver is all about.”
Melanie Moran of Denver agreed that the event has improved.
“It is much better this year, I like the rides for the children, and it’s a great location,” Moran said. “They have really started a nice tradition here.”
Organizers estimate the event attracted 18,000 to 20,000 people on Friday and Saturday, a 50 percent boost in attendance from last year’s event.
The number of vendors also increased about 20 percent, inhabiting 176 spaces.
Parking fees raised $2,950, with half of the money going toward the East Lincoln Rescue Squad and the other half going to the Denver Days committee.
“It was a beautiful event for us,” said Jerry Earnest, president of the committee.

by Amy Wadsworth

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