By Jamison Hooks
Madison hosted another successful Firefly Festival this past weekend where families, couples, and friends from near and far gathered to enjoy one last weekend of summer in Town Park.
The Firefly Festival has been held for the past seven years and features two nights of celebration.
The Festival was kicked off on Friday night with a Family Frolic celebration, also known as Kids’ Night.
It might have rained on Kids’ Night but that didn’t stop the fun. Little ones had a blast playing in Town Park on bouncy inflatables and playing other interactive games.
“[We had] approximately 200 kids attending (plus their parents, grandparents, siblings and friends), said Colleen Hall, Madison Special Events Coordinator.
“We marveled at the kids climbing up (and sliding down!) The Spider Zone climber even in the rain,” continued Hall.
DJ Ernie kept the crowd entertained with a dance party and drum line performance. The nearly 200 children in attendance also got a kick out of performances by the Happy Soles Cloggers from the Morgan County Recreation Department and the Stars in Motion Dance Team from the Walton County Community Center.
Friday night might have been about the kids but Saturday’s “Date Night” was planned with adults in mind.
With a crowd of approximately 450 people, Firefly’s date night was an evening of dancing, catching up with friends, and enjoying the summer before it ends.
Atlanta band, Sweet Water Junction provided the tunes for the evening and got everyone out of their seats to dance.
“The band was new for us this year and they did a fantastic job of getting the crowd animated using a little Motown, some 80s favorites, and a smattering of popular line dances–like the Cha Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle,” said Hall.
The weekend was an overall success that couldn’t have been done without the support of local organizations and businesses.
“Both evenings were sponsored by our long-time presenting sponsor, Main Street Vet. Also supporting Madison Main Street’s Firefly Festival was Captain D’s, DQ Grill & Chill, Marco’s Pizza, Madison Rentals, The Morgan County Citizen, Lake Oconee’s DOCK 103.9, Madison Natural Gas, Algin Realty, The Ferst Foundation For Childhood Literacy, and Triplett Family Chiropractic. And thank you to the Madison Artists Guild, Madison Christian Church, and the Painted Pineapple for their support of the Firefly Festival!”