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Videos: Montgomery Fest in 10 Parts

Here are all 10 videos from Montgomery Fest this weekend, including footage from the diaper dash, the fire department water fights, three concerts and a fireworks display.

So that was my first Montgomery Fest. And I had a great time.

Bad news first: I didn’t make my goal of shooting, editing and posting 10 videos in 10 hours. But if not for the hailstorm that interrupted the festival Saturday afternoon, I feel like I would have. In the end, I did get 10 videos out of it, and you can see them all by clicking the boxes to your right.

And next year, I’m going to do it again—this time, I hope, without unfortunate divine intervention.

But this fest was not about me and my crazy stunt. It was about the multitude of people it takes to pull off something of this size and magnitude. Montgomery Fest was much bigger, and had much more diversity of entertainment, than I initially expected.

And aside from the hailstorm, everything went smoothly. Heck, organizers even started the fest back up after the skies cleared Saturday night, and local band Steve Sharp and Wake the Sheep played their set to a small, but appreciative crowd. Sunday went off without a hitch, from the parade to the Smokin’ Gunz concert to the dazzling fireworks that finished off the weekend.

Here are some things I’d never seen before Montgomery Fest: a diaper dash, in which toddlers race each other across foam mats (if they want to, which they often didn’t); fire department water fights, in which teams use fire hoses to move a bucket from one goal line to the other; and cheesecake dipped in chocolate on a stick, a creation of Chris and Gary’s Strawberry Patch, and the world’s most perfect food.

All that plus a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, a robotics competition, a classic car show, and a bevy of local craftspeople showing off what they can do. (Special thanks to several of those local artisans from Shell Bell Hair Bows and Ernie Toons Caricatures, for helping me set up the Patch booth and keeping me company.)

Best of all, though, was the sheer sense of community I got just walking around downtown. Montgomery Fest is the kind of thing that makes people proud of the village they live in. Heck, I’ve only lived here a couple of weeks, and I’m proud of it. It was a great time, and a great chance for people to come together and celebrate this place we call home.

I’m already looking forward to next year. In the meantime, go watch the videos, and relive this year again.

Theresa Sperling August 13, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Andre - You are doing a great job! Thanks for taking on this challenge. I'm still hoping to make it out to the fest yet, but it's nice to check and see what I've missed so far. Keep going - really enjoying it.
Goldie Carlson August 15, 2011 at 11:36 AM
What a fantastic ending to a great celebration. You did a great job on your videos. I am a 100 miles away but it was like being there and enjoying everything. Goldie Carlson
Andre Salles August 15, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Goldie, I'm so glad. Thank you very much for following along!
Greg Nelson August 15, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Lots of work Sir making the videos, excellent job showing what a fest is and all the fun times people had and for a few that missed it. The Rains slowed things down some and the turn out wasn't huge but was great seeing everyone (ONE BIG BLOCK PARTY). Shacking hands with many on parade route, and seeing many smiles on Sunday was great also. The Car show was great like always and the food and music always tops. Many thanks to all the hard work of the Public Works Group and the volunteers along with Police and both Fire Districts.....HATS OFF to you all like always!
Matt Brolley August 15, 2011 at 09:30 PM
The town smells a little fresher today after the Chamber of Commerce handed out thousands of free sticks of ‘Right Guard’ Deodorant at Montgomery Fest. Compliments of VVF (Formerly Dial) of Montgomery.

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