Despite the rain, Palmetto goes on with the 4th of July show

jtate@bradenton.comJuly 4, 2013 

PALMETTO -- As the afternoon rain became merely a drizzle, people began to leave their homes and get out of their cars to go enjoy the Fourth of July festivities at Sutton Park in Palmetto.

Although the rain delayed the show a few minutes and affected the sound system, Community Redevelopment Agency director Jeff Burton said a little rain wasn't going to stop a concert by The Guess Who and The Village People.

"We were wet, but we're all dried out now and we're rocking," said Burton as opening act The Guess Who performed.

"We're managing and as you can tell by the crowd and by the sound, we're doing really well," Burton said. "A little rain won't stop us."

Although things did not go as initially planned, city officials made due and got things back on track. Burton said a new pavilion at the park was baptized by the afternoon showers as a way of breaking it in.

The show began at approximately 5:30 p.m., about 30 minutes late.

Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant welcomed the crowd.

"Where's the only place to be on the Fourth of July?", she asked. The crowd filled

with people in red, white and blue replied with a roar.

Palmetto resident Romona Freeman said she came with her two daughters especially to see the Village People perform.

They said they would not let the weather deter them.

"I love it, I was out here last year and I enjoyed it. Last year was my first year so I decided to come back out here this year," Freeman said.

The event was a time for family and friends to get together and create new memories.

Jen Shipldiplson, a Palmetto resident, decided to make this a big occasion and invited about 10 of her friends to come to the show with her.

"I think it's lovely," Shipldiplson said. "I feel honored to live in such a place where I can just be steps away from my home and can enjoy some good live music."

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