Waynesville’s downtown was buzzing Saturday during Summer Jam 2012. The annual event featured free music on an outdoor stage, a vintage car show, games and special events for children and plenty of food and merchandise for purchase.
Hundreds of people braved the hot temperatures to enjoy the event, including the Duran family.
Both 3-year-old Donovan and his 6-year-old sister Kaydance were enjoying pony rides as their parents watched.
“It’s good just to get out of the house, and get out and walk around,” their mother, Nean Duran said. The annual event also gives military families a chance to explore the local community and learn more about the area around Fort Leonard Wood.
Dozens of booths surrounded the courthouse where visitors could learn about everything from local politicians running for elected office to the wines made at the St. James Winery. A number of businesses and restaurants also set up booths at Summer Jam including Edith and Hurst Tipeni, who were serving Samoan barbeque with Hutch Saelua.
“It’s my secret recipe,” Edith admitted with a laugh, as Saelua tended to marinated chicken. She said the group hopes to establish a local restaurant sometime in the future and Summer Jam gave them an opportunity to present their cuisine to the community.
One of the largest draws at the annual event was the outdoor stage, where bands and solo acts performed until the end of the event, playing everything from country to greatest hits for the assembled crowd.