Boonville's Festival of the Lights kicked off Thursday evening with the National Anthem being sung by Boonville's Jennifer Davis, who thereafter voiced her concerns about the possibility of going to war with Syria.
With entertainment and Main Street full of booths, the festival boasted a large crowd for the opening night with temperatures hovering in the mid-80s. The festival began at 5:30 p.m. and lasted until 8 p.m.
"I think the festival went very well. There were lines waiting to get in the bounce house along with people waiting to ride a pony," Festival of the Lights Chair Roz Gordon said.
Children's activities were spotlighted during the festival. In addition, the children got to enjoy a train ride near the corner of Spring and Main Street and they got to test their skills at golfing with a small course managed by Hail Ridge Golf Course, which was constructed by the Boonville Correction Facility.
Later in the evening, the cities' lights were turned on to add to the atmosphere.
Entertainment was placed throughout downtown. From EZ Tunes to Dave Para and Kathy Barton, music could be heard at every corner. Gordon said the entertainers were very happy about the festival including Roy Stevens, a member of the band EZ Tunes, which boasted a large audience.
Gordon wishes to thank Boonville's food pantries for managing the Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce tent along with Orschelns Farm and Home, who assisted with the moving of the miniature golf course.
She added the vendors are excited about coming back next week as well.