The academy was participating in the Fourth activities for the third year, Kane said while at an information and sales booth in the park. The event is an opportunity to entertain the community with dance, she said, and introduce some students to options for classes.
The variety of activities, performances by different groups and the participation and communications with people generated a great atmosphere Friday, Kane said, and the weather was favorable.
“It’s been a really nice day,” she said.
Several others agreed that the cooler weather, which registered in the 60s under mostly cloudy skies with sometimes a brisk breeze, was pleasant.
Vendors sold barbecued chicken and pork, fried dough, popcorn, candy and soft drinks. By night-time, children’s faces in the crowd reflected the handiwork of artists working in several face-painting booths.
A main stage featured several musical groups, including Drumquest, which encouraged listeners to participate by beating drums.
Melissa Amerson of Laurens said her daughters, Stella, 4, and Piper, 2, “loved” beating the drums and experiencing the inflatable bounce-house activities for the first time. By supper time, she said she, her husband, Greg, and their daughters “were trying to hold out until the fireworks.”
Jeff Aaronson, a 1995 Oneonta High School graduate visiting from his home in Rochester, was playing with his son, Tyler, 6, early Friday night.
“It’s been great,” he said about the festival. Tyler, he said, has talked about being afraid of the fireworks but then would become wrapped up in watching the show.
Tyler said he liked the carnival activities and food.
“Cotton candy — it’s the best,” Tyler said.
Sixteen police officers were patrolling in the park by foot or on bicycles, said Lt. Douglas Brenner said.
The Oneonta Fire Department had six crew members in the park ready to assist at the emergency medical site at the skate house, Pidgeon said. But by 7:30 p.m. only a few bandages had been provided to meet minor needs, he said.