YORK — Cool breezes and sunny, cloudless skies provided the setting Saturday for York’s 30th annual Summerfest, which drew thousands of festival-goers to the White Rose City.
The all-day event sponsored by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce with the city of York featured a popular annual car show, craft and food fairs, sporting events, children’s activities and entertainment on three stages during the day, as well as Friday and Saturday night concerts.
A new attraction this year was a zip line for kids and adults on the lawn of the chamber.
Local dignitaries opened the festivities with a morning ceremony on the steps of the York County Courthouse, with vocal music and percussion performed by York Comprehensive High School choral and band students and shots fired by local re-enactors.
The Sylvia Theater hosted the Texaco Country Showdown, in which 15 contestants performed country music favorites and originals, vying for the chance to compete at the state event.
The winner of the Summerfest event was York resident Jessica Lynn, who works as executive director of the S.C. Campus Compact at Winthrop University, a membership organization for college and university presidents. Lynn sang two songs, “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride and an original, “Hearts They Fall.” Lynn will compete in the state event at the S.C. State Fair this fall.