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September 30, 2008

Thousands attend Saturday in Carlisle
Article from The Carlisle Mercury
By Charles Mattox, News Editor


Thousands flocked to the streets of ‘The little town with the big heart’ Saturday to enjoy Saturday in Carlisle festivities.

Crowd estimates were placed at approximately 4,000 and there was not a single report of any trouble or conflict during the daylong festivities.

“This was a great community effort,” said Carlisle Mayor Ronnie Clark. “We’re striving to make this a bigger and better event each year.”

The beautiful autumn weather only enhanced the day as children mingled excitedly with vendors and adults around the courthouse square.

Dozens of dog owners participated in several dog contests along Main Street and the crowd showed their enthusiastic support for those and all other events, including a 32-team corn hole tournament, rock-climbing tower sponsored by the National Guard and a Courthouse Square Arts Guild display in the Neal Building. Children’s street art and balloon tossing was also a crowd favorite along with the antique tractor show and cruise-in.

Singing and dancing was held, as was bingo and several cake walks. Festival goers also had an opportunity to meet several candidates for the fall city council and family court judge races.

The Carlisle Rotary Club sponsored the event, with members ensuring that all activities went smoothly. Several Rotarians expressed delight at the crowd size and the obvious happiness being enjoyed by all, especially the younger members of the community.

Food vendors did extremely well with most selling out of items for sale.

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