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 everyoneâ€™s faces.
The second annual Denver Days Fall festival pulled in a large number of people, especially on Friday night with the added entertainment.
â€œI came for the music,â€ said Donna Hatcher of Denver. â€œI have never heard the Tams before, but I thought it would be neat to reminisce with beach music.â€
Most of the crowd thought so, too, as they sang along to old songs such as, â€œWanna Go Higher in Carolina,â€ â€œI Feel Good,â€ and â€œI Promise I Will Always Love You.â€
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.
â€œItâ€™s no cost and the kids enjoy it, so they donâ€™t watch TV all the time,â€ Hatcher said.
Denver resident Denise Sigmon was also glad she came out to the annual Denver Days festival.
â€œItâ€™s growing, itâ€™s getting better,â€ Sigmon said. â€œI worked it last year, and I think there are a lot more people this year.â€
Sigmon wanted to come again in order to support the community. She brought her brother from out of state, her nephew and his wife.
â€œThey love it here,â€ she said. â€œI am showing them what Denver is all about.â€
Melanie Moran of Denver agreed that the event has improved.
â€œIt is much better this year, I like the rides for the children, and itâ€™s a great location,â€ Moran said. â€œThey have really started a nice tradition here.â€
Organizers estimate the event attracted 18,000 to 20,000 people on Friday and Saturday, a 50 percent boost in attendance from last yearâ€™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.
â€œIt was a beautiful event for us,â€ said Jerry Earnest, president of the committee.
by Amy Wadsworth