Music Festival Draws Big Crowd

Photo | Cyndy Hammet

Chef Bryan Voltaggio gives a cooking demonstration to his hometown crowd at the Urbana Music Festival June 26.

Soaring temperatures didn’t keep the crowd away from the second annual Urbana Music Festival June 26. Organizer Elizabeth Cromwell with Frederick County Public Libraries estimated more than 3,000 people attended the festival, and she was pleased with the number and the event.

Featuring local and national bands, salsa dancing, and a cooking demonstration by Villages of Urbana resident and Volt restaurant owner Bryan Voltaggio, the festival was a crowd pleaser for thousands of visitors.

Lydia Perkins and Alex McClain, both of Urbana, stopped by for the salsa dancing and brushed up on their skills during the instruction classes before Sin Miedi took the stage.

Miki Thomas and Normand Chagnoa of Frederick enjoyed the day as well. “This is really fun; I’m glad we came,” said Thomas.

There were plenty of activities for kids, too, including a rock climbing tower that proved challenging but fun for 9-year-old Hiba Usmani of Urbana.

Susan Sebbane and her mom Clara Hasbrouck, both of Urbana, enjoyed the music from one of the few shady spots available. “What a nice event,” said Sebbane.

Food vendors including Stephany Faulkner were also pleased with the event, and she said she served far more customers this year compared to the event’s first year in 2009.

For Cromwell the festival’s success was created by the people and the performers, but also by the companies and organizations that came together to make it all happen.

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