COOLIDGE -- The sun may have been reluctant to show itself Saturday, but plenty of people came out for the second annual Wagon Days festival.
"We've had a great turnout here today," said Sonya Aldridge, event committee chairman.
Participants who braved the damp, gray morning could choose from a variety of foods, including ice cream sundaes, seafood, hot dogs, alligator tails, boiled peanuts and fried Oreos.
Anthony Gill had a boiled peanuts, drinks and pickle stand at the festival decorated with his stepfather and mother's old boots filled with plants.
"It's pretty nice," said Gill about the festival. "It's the first time I've been, but business has been good so far."
There also was a large selection of handmade arts and crafts, including wood toys, lawn decorations and Jolie Jewelry by sisters Hope Fallin and Holly Napier.
"We made it all over the past couple of months," said Napier. "This is our first time selling to the public."
Items included earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
The sisters, who are originally from Coolidge, did not participate in the first Wagon Days festival and were surprised with the turnout.
"It's bigger than I expected," said Fallin. "I thought it would be smaller."
Musicians Bud Gay and Tess Warren entertained the crowd with classic country songs.
Kids also had several entertainment options, including the Jungle where, for $2, they could toss a ball into different colored cups for prizes.
"Everyone's a winner," said Joe Schmitt, operator, from Valdosta.
Schmitt also attended the first Wagon Days.
"You need stuff for the kids, and a lot of places don't have a whole lot for the kids," he said. "We keep them happy and busy."
Michelle Baxter, 9, and April Daley, 6, visited the Jungle booth. They had a good time.
"I like the fun things you get to do, like the games," said Baxter.
She played the cup game and won a large, inflatable, alien-themed hammer.
Daley won a gold-colored miniature teddy bear.
Aiding Schmitt was Michele Malvern, who happily painted faces or hair for $3.50.
Renee Parramore, 8, was undergoing the cold task of having her hair painted with aerosol, washable paint in funky colors.
"I don't know, I guess I'm stupid," joked Parramore of her decision. "Really, I like the colors."
Fay Hough of Old Town, Fla., and Iva Carlton of Lake City, Fla., were watching Parramore's experience.
"It's great," said Hough. "I'm enjoying watching her get her hair painted. We're enjoying the woodworks, food -- everything.
Carlton and Hough also tried out the fried Oreos.
"It's good," they said. "It tastes like funnel cake."
Myra McCollum, secretary of the event committee, said she expected more people to come out in the afternoon.
"It's still early and more will come," she said before lunch. "We'll have more this afternoon when we do the big prize drawing."
Still, she was happy with the crowd.
"I think we're doing well," said McCollum.
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