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The 13th annual Millbrook SummerFest
Written by News Desk   
Sunday, 03 August 2014 13:14

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Nathan Gissendanner and his daughter Hayden dance to the live music at Millbrook SummerFest.

Photo: Brian Hodge

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According to estimates by city officials 11,000 people turned out for Millbrook Summerfest last Friday. If the estimates are correct it was by far the largest single event in the city's history. To give you some idea of scale consider that the U.S. Census estimated Millbrook's population for 2013 at 15,112. That means an estimated crowd equaling 73% of Millbrook's population turned out for the event. Of course a good number of the crowd came from surrounding areas outside of Millbrook to take part in the celebration.

With three hours of live music and lots of space to spread out, families turned out to dance, celebrate and watch the 20-minute fireworks display at the conclusion of the event.

For the most part the event was peaceful, though five arrests were made.

Any celebratory gathering of 11,000 people especially, one permissive of adult beverages, holds the possibility of disruption, but for the most part the crowd was well behaved and most of the people The Indy spoke to reported having a good time and felt safe with their families present.

Millbrook Chief of Police P.K. Johnson said having a visible police presence is always a goal for his department.

"Nearly all of the department's 30 police officers were on hand for security at the event, as they have been since the very first Summerfest 13 years ago," Johnson said.

"I have gone to this event every year for 13 years with my daughter something we look forward to, now that she is a teenager her view is this is a last hoora before school starts and a time to hang out with friends and have fun," said Juli Vaughn.

 

7-31summer2Photo: The John Bull Band was one of three acts onstage for Millbrook Summerfest. 

 

Photo: Brian Hodge

Mayor Al Kelley thanked the city departments including not just the police and fire departments, but also the parks/recreation, street, and utility departments for their work in making the event a success.

John Brown, a Millbrook native that now lives out of state, said he comes back to Millbrook every year for Summerfest. Brown said he graduated from high school with Mayor Kelley and Harold Hogan, who manages The Pines Golf Club for the city.

"This is like an annual reunion where I can come back and see my friends that I graduated with and have a good time," Brown said.

At 9pm the fireworks display got underway. The concussions and explosions could be felt more than a mile away and even those living in the areas surrounding The Pines that did not attend the event could get a good look at the fireworks from their own backyards.

Kelley said that despite a few minor concerns the event was a success and he looks forward to an even to another great celebration next year.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2014 13:23
 
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