WINTERSVILLE - The 17th-annual "Thunder in the Ville" fireworks festival continued Saturday with plenty of food, music and fun for area residents.
Held at the Treasure Island Flea Market, things kicked off at noon with karaoke provided by Mac's Music and a performance by Mac and LaRue at 1 p.m. The bluegrass band Almost Famous also took the stage at 3 p.m. as attendees enjoyed a cooler afternoon than Friday.
The fourth-annual Street Dreams Rod and Custom Car Show held a cruise beginning at 6 p.m. that featured street rods, classic cars, hot rods, and muscle and custom cars.
FUN IN THE VILLE — Organizer Tom Straka, center, on Saturday talked with attendants of the 17th-annual “Thunder in the Ville” fireworks festival held at Treasure Island Flea Market in Wintersville. The two-day festival included plenty of food, music, fun and of course, fireworks. -- Jeremy Kins
A cornhole tournament was also held throughout the day with prizes awarded to the winners.
Food vendors for the event included fare such as hot dogs, sloppy Joes, ice cream, steak hoagies, Mexican and Oriental. Crafters included Pampered Chef, handmade jewelry, candles and kids toys. Train rides were available for a fee during the festival, as well.
The day's events also included performances by local dance group The Brenda Casey Dancers, as well as performances by Paul Roe and Hot Pursuit before the main event - the fireworks.
Organizer Tom Straka said the 27-minute show would take place rain or shine.
"We get people from all over that come for the show," said Straka. "There isn't a parking in Wintersville you can get into."
The fireworks this year were provided by the Hudson-based American Fireworks Company.
"The community enjoys it, and it's for the kids. Just watching them when the fireworks are going on, it's phenomenal. Really, the festival is for the whole Ohio Valley," said Straka.
Sylvester DiGregory, a festival committee member for 10 years, agreed.
"I just like to see everyone wandering around and having a good time," said DiGregory. "Our fireworks display is spectacular and one of the best in the valley. It keeps people coming back because our entertainment is excellent."