Even before the festival was halfway over, organizers of York's Summerfest were calling the 2010 festival a success.
It's been several years since the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the festival, has held any kind of official visitor count, but Chamber officials and longtime festival participants gave estimated attendance between 40,000 to 43,000.
"Everything is going great," Chamber Director Paul Boger said. "The weather's good, better than last year, but if you were here in 2007, then 2008 and 2009, they were OK too."
The sputtering economy, nationally televised high school football games in Rock Hill and a Charlotte area car show did not seem to put much of a damper on York's festive spirit.
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"We have over 40 food vendors and they're all selling food like you wouldn't believe," Boger added.
The food wasn't the only thing selling. Tickets for kids activities were a hot commodity, drawing families from all over the county and surrounding areas.
"We come every year just for her," Candy Powers of Clover said pointing to her 4-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter Taylor Shaywood, who was sliding down one of the many inflatable play structures set up Saturday.
Brittany Hinson, 7, came from McConnells with her family to enjoy the bungee jump. York brothers Aladrion Davis, 8, and Zadrian Davis, 6, came out to race each other up the climbing wall. Aladrion won, but Zadrian was close on his heels.
The Summerfest Classic and Vintage Car drew 150 entries, keeping many grown-ups occupied.
Organizers spaced food and beverage vendors throughout the festival, rather than all on Roosevelt Street. One vendor attracted a lot of attention.
Padhammer's Barbecue of Clover turned many a head with it's custom-made cooker modeled after a .44 Magnum gun It was more than 10 feet tall with barbecue smoke wafting out of the barrel. Financed by Clover resident James Neinast, Padhammer's distinctive cooker is one of a kind. Jay Cook and Shawn Quesenberry of Hickory Grove welded the massive grill.
Scott Baker manned the cooker Saturday, and kept a few pork butts roasting throughout the event to keep customers noses and appetites interested. Starting Friday night he spent seven hours slow smoking 150 pounds of pork butts for sandwiches on Saturday.
"The fire chief came over this morning and said we had a problem," Baker recounted. "He's got a car a few feet down from us, and he said he couldn't smell any barbecue cooking and I'd better do something about that. So I threw on a few more butts."