AURORA - Organizers of the 35th Annual Aurora Festival say this year’s parade honroing emergency responders and festivities were a success.
Committee Chairman JW Davis reports thousands attended with a number of area organizations participating in the three-day event, including several non-profit groups raising funds for their respective charities.
“We had six non-profit organizations raising funds this year including the Aurora Ross Fire Dept Auxillary, Relay for Life, Barkley Lake Ducks Unlimited, a conservation and preservation organization, Daughters of the Nile raising funds for the Shriners Childrens Hospital, Order of Eastern Star and Lakeland Actors, who had a giant scroll gathering signatures to present to our troops at Ft. Campbell 101st Airbourne.”
Davis said he thought cooler weather and rain storms did affect attendance slightly, reporting numbers seemed down a bit from last year’s festival.
“I also think attendance may have been down somewhat due to Reelfoot Lake having their festival the same weekend as ours - when that happens, it does affect our attendance and our vendor attendance.”
Davis said despite facing some of these smaller obstacles, visitors reported enjoying the parade and festival, including having the opportunity to view the numerous emergency response agencies equipment in the parade, as well as both PHI and Air Evac Air Medical Services helicopters which were on display and open to the public.
“On behalf of the Jonathan Aurora Action Committee and the 35th Annual Aurora Country Festival 2012, we would like to Thank all of our supporters and vendors,” Davis said.
The following is a list of those the committee would like to thank:
Country Chevrolet for the loan of a car to ride our Grand Marshall in the Parade, John Rittenhouse and Kenlake State Park personnel, the Marshall County Fiscal Court for their generous donation, Randy Newcomb of Marshall County Tourism for all of his help, Ricky Sirls for being our Grand Marshall, all of the firefighters and personnel from Aurora Ross Fire Dept, Olive-Fairdealing Fire Department, Hardin South Marshall Fire Dept. the Marshall County Rescue personnel, EMS personnel, LBL and their personnel, PHI Air Vac personnel, AirVac Lifeteam personnel, Mike Romano and wife of Kenlake Marina for their presence with Cindys on Barge Restaurant at the festival this year, David Hardin, Lucy Hardin and their personnel, who always helps organize vendors and our music stage at the Kenlake Music Hall property, Sue Festus of the Hitching Post for her generous time and help in organizing the festival and many others in the community who participated and made this festival such a success.
Pictured left is little Jared Cannon. (Mom Melanie reports this is the first time a John Deere Power Wheel tractor has ever been in he parade!)