“We’ve already taken in about $103,000 for the American Cancer Society, which is about $2,000 more than last year at this time, and we’ll still be taking donations until about August,” said McGalliard, a teacher at Gray Elementary School who was the chairperson for this year’s event.
McGalliard and Gray Police Chief Adam Lowe estimated well more than 1,000 people attended the early portion of the event at the Jones County High School track.
“We had four main food vendors, and they all were asked to have food to feed about 250, and they all sold out, so I guess that means there were at least 1,000 people there who ate – unless some ate more than once,” McGalliard said.
“It was a really good crowd between 6 and 8 before the rain picked up,” added Lowe. “It was a little slim for the concert (which started at 10 p.m.), but I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Everything went well and we had no problems.”
Jared Ashley, an up-and-coming country music artist, was the featured performer. Local singer Leilani Durden, who won a talent contest for the honor, and her band, Southern Persuasion, opened for him.
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