Moratock Park in Danbury hosted the popular 42nd Stokes Stomp, put on by Stokes County Arts Council, on Saturday and Sunday along the banks of the beautiful Dan River. The festival showcased the best of traditional music groups, craft demonstrations, dance troupes, and local food venders.
Nearly 10,000 folks flocked to the Stomp this year, according to Eddy McGee, Executive Director of Stokes County Arts Council.
“Overall I think it went well. There are always a few minor issues, but Stokes Arts does our best to keep the event a free community celebration and thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and a lot of hard work we were able to do just that for the 42 year.”
McGee said the location alongside the Dan River makes the event unique and sets it apart from other festivals in the area.
“Incorporating the kids kayaking and water board activities, add a natural, outdoor recreation feature that we hope to continue to build upon.”
The Stomp brought back the King’s Cabin rubber duck race, added a popular trackless train for children, and provided woodworking activities through the N.C. Woodworking Outreach Program.
“Without our board, volunteers, and sponsors there would be no Stokes Stomp,” McGee said. “They all put aside personal and selfish goals for the good of the entire event. Seeing the smiles on the faces of children and families is the reward. We like to think of ourselves as carrying on the legacy for the amazing group who began the Star Spangled Stokes Stomp back in 1974.”
The Stomp kicked off with the annual parade which had a number of winners this year:
Sara Collins First Choice Best Themed Award, Hanging Rock State Park Float; Sara Collins Second Choice Best Themed Award, Sherry M. Whitt Properties and Raymond Brown Well Company; Sara Collins Third Choice Best Themed Award, Oak Ridge Baptist Church; Mayor’s Choice Best Themed Award, Mayo Christian Church; Town of Danbury Best Themed Antique Vehicle Award, Randy Amos with his 1969 Camaro SS; Mayor’s Choice Best Themed Antique Vehicle Award, Billy Clifton with his red, 1979 L-82 Corvette with 39,000 original miles.
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