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Downtown Brookhaven packed for festival fun

With good music and good food and the sheen of classic cars, thousands walked their way into downtown Brookhaven to experience the 45th annual Ole Brook Festival.

The event kicked off Friday with concerts by Four Way Stop and The Bridge Band.

“We had an amazing turnout for our street dance Friday evening,” said Katie Nations, program director for the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce. “Several hundred people gathered at the main stage area and enjoyed the live music.”

Nations said Saturday was also a success, with over 135 food and art vendors for people to experience, and plenty of music to enjoy.

“The food vendors stayed packed and the music got back going as soon as the Pink Sisters 5K was over,” Nations said. “Guests enjoyed live music from The Ole Brook Choir, MSA, The Strangers, Brookhaven Little Theatre’s “Matilda” cast and Hannah Belle.”

There was a Kid Zone with attractions for children — like face painting and a gaming truck. The festival also featured an open car show. Cynthia Smith, who helped organize the car show, said over 58 registered vehicles from Brookhaven and several of the surrounding counties with models going as far back as the 1920s were on display. The cars lined the streets for people to enjoy, and at the end the cars were judged and winners were chosen.

George Daley’s 1949 Studebaker truck won People’s Choice. Patrick Campbell’s 1969 Chevy Camaro won Chamber’s Choice.

“The streets were full the whole time we were there,” Smith said. “People were very interested.”

Another popular attraction that made its way over to the car show was a pink Toyota, brought to the festival to represent The Pink Sisters 5K walk-run. Passers-by were given the opportunity to sign the car, and by the end of the festivals, signatures covered it from top to bottom.

“We are grateful for our sponsors and dozens of volunteers that make this event possible each year,” Nations said. “Thank you to our community for supporting our festival each year.”