By Lenny C. Lepola
Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds and Galena Summerfest were a near disaster four years ago when a scheduling mistake resulted in the two end-of-summer festivals in villages two miles apart on the same day.
That scheduling conflict turned into a happy accident when Teresa Dronsfield and Jane White put their heads together and joined the festivals with a free shuttle service to create Dos Festivals.
Attendance early in the day appeared down slightly from last year. Midday kids zones were popular and well attended at both events, but the crowd picked up as headline bands took to the stages.
Sunbury’s attendance increased as the beer garden opened for business at 5 p.m. and hometown favorite SouthWynd followed McGuffey Lane on stage. When SouthWynd’s set ended the band packed their gear and headed to John Self’s Big Walnut Grill to play for the rest of the evening.
SouthWynd has the distinction of band members not only being all Big Walnut alumni, but also members of the Class of 1982.
The outdoor beer garden at Sunbury Sizzle & Sounds also hosted the Big Walnut High School Class of 1984’s 30-year reunion.
Galena, with an 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. beer garden, drew a casual drinking crowd throughout the entire day; and with humid temperatures in the 80s, Mudflats Bar & Grill was standing room only throughout the afternoon.
Of local note, Jimi & The Coolers was the opening band at Galena Summerfest. The Lionel Young Band closed the evening outdoors, then went inside where they continued to play until closing at Mudflats.