By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

he City of Madison held its annual end-of-summer celebration weekend, the Firefly Festival, in Town Park on July 25-26. “It was a huge success,” said Ann Huff, special projects coordinator for the city. “It was the largest turn out we’ve had. We are very pleased.” According to Colleen Hall, events coordinator for the city, Friday night’s portion of the festival brought in 300 adults, plus children and Saturday’s portion of the festival brought in 1500 adults, plus children. “Everyone loved it,” said Hall.

“It celebrates the end of summer, right before the back-to-school craziness starts up again. It’s a good chance for the community to come out and celebrate together.” The event featured a DJ, Bouncy Bins for kids, live music, dance parties, stilt walkers, music, bubbles, face painters, fun inflatables, creative kids crafts. Friday Night’s “Family Frolic,” was specifically tailored to children and family-friendly fun. Saturday was set up to be a “date night,” featuring the Sounds of Motown, a local band who performed a concert for the community. The Firefly Festival is in its sixth year and has become a yearly favorite among locals, according to Hall. “It wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful sponsors, especially Main Street Vet, who has sponsored us every year for the last six years,” said Hall. Hall also thanked Madison Rental, Paschal Orthodontics, The Citizen, The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, DOC 103.9, and Crystal of Madison for their generous sponsorships for the festival.