Big Lake’s North Park was flooded with people Saturday, July 6th, for the 5th Annual Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration.
The event, presented by The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, was deemed a success in every way with a huge crowd of people from all over the country.
“It was such a wonderful day,” Chamber Director Loretta Epperson said. “We had another great turnout. From car show, cookout, bands and the huge crowd. It was all just amazing.”
Since the event was free there was no firm way to know how many people attended the event.
Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner conservatively estimated the crowd in the North Park, at its peak, at well over 10,000 people.
“We were able to build off of last year’s success,” Epperson said. “It is such a great thing to bring the community together and celebrate Independence Day as one.”
The day started off on the right foot with the Security Bank 5K Fun Run. Participants were led through a red, white and blue fun run in Reagan County’s North Park.
There was also a carshow and cookoff which the Chamber hopes to build up in the coming years.
Live music started around 6 p.m. with AJ Castillo.
Following his set the group turned the stage over to Flatland Cavalry at 8 p.m.
There were over 50 art, craft and food vendors for people to visit and also water slides and knockerball for the kids.
Flatland Cavalry kept the crowd going until 9:30 p.m. when BadBoyz Fireworks lit up the sky with a huge fireworks display.
Once the smoke cleared the event’s headliner, Aaron Watson, took to the stage and rocked Big Lake until midnight.
“I just want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s event a success,” Epperson said. “The Chamber is already looking forward to next year’s 6th Annual Santa Rita Star Spangled Celebration!”