From town-wide yard and garage sales to a chance to visit one more local fair, Rossville’s Summer’s End Festival brought in crowds for the last major summer event before Labor Day.
“It’s great. Every year it seems to get a little bit bigger,” said Doug Simmons, who lives outside of Rossville. “Living so close to town. I bring the kid into town and she has a lot of friends and likes to hang out.”
According to Dr. Dwayne Hoskins, vice president of the Rossville Business Association, the sponsor of the event, agreed the festival was getting bigger.
“This is a record-setting year, any measure you want to put on,” Hoskins said. “We have more booths here, more kid-friendly stuff, we have more entertainment, we had more cars in our car show, we had more food booths, we’ve had more everything than any year I know of.”
Wrena Hufford, a volunteer with the Rossville Presbyterian church youth stand, which sold Coney dogs and root beer from Dog n’ Suds, said the crowds started really coming in after the parade ended.
“Once the parade was over the lines start, and we don’t sit down until about two p.m.” she said.
Hoskins said they had 105 different booths and stands this year, compared to 85 last year, and they also had to turn away approximately 50 more.
“Everybody’s finding out about what goes on here, what we’re trying to do as a business community to thank the people of Rossville. That’s what this is about, businesses thanking citizens,” he said.
Sandra Hufford, who was working in a booth for Flour Mill Bakery, said business was going well.
She also said the festival was a good event for the town.
“I think seeing old friends. I’ve seen a lot of classmates from 25 years ago today,” she said. “It’s just kind of a chance to reconnect with people you haven’t’ seen in a while.”
On Friday, Emma Brown, 15, the daughter of Ric and Lisa Brown, was crowned festival queen. Elle Skinner, 5, the daughter of Scott and Amanda Skinner, was named little miss; while Keaden Thomas, 4, the son of Kristi Harris, won the little mister title.
Hoskins noted it takes a lot of work and cooperation to put on the festival.
“We have a lot of people here. Everybody was pleasant, everybody had a happy face,” he said.