What started out as a rainy day turned out to be bright and sunny with hot temperatures as the the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority hosted its fifth annual Red, White and Blue festival on Lafayette Square Friday evening, bringing out several hundred people who listened to an orchestra concert and watched as children ate cupcakes and ice cream to claim the winning title.
Neal Brumbeloe conducted the Community Orchestra as they performed a melody of historical and patriotic tunes. Barbie Watts, director of the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority, said the orchestra is made up of volunteers to come together once a year for this festival specifically.
Kevin Dunn was featured with the symphony as he sang “God Bless America” to the loud of applause of viewers.
Children lined up to participate in the cupcake and ice cream eating contest as the crowd gathered to cheer them on.
Contestants were challenged to eat as many cupcakes, provided by Cakes by Debbie, in two minutes.
When one of the participants didn’t show up, last minute fill-in Jihun Kang, 12, proved to have a stroke of luck as he was claimed the winner after eating six cupcakes.
Madison Hand and Makenzi McDaniel tied in the ice cream eating contest both finishing four cups of ice cream, also provided by Cakes by Debbie, in four minutes.
Contest winners were awarded a plaque and a $25 gift card donated by Edelson’s Army Store.
Watts said she was pleased with the turnout, adding that each year the event grows in participation.
Watts attributed the success of the event to its fun-for-all-ages activities.
“This is one of my favorite events of downtown because it involves all people,” she said. “Great night, great turnout.”