BRADENTON -- The good times got rolling early as folks gathered for music and cars. And no one minded the heat, because at this event, the cold beers were flowing.
People came throughout the day and night Saturday to the 11th annual Heatstroke Hot Rod Hoedown at P-Man's Classic Cycle in downtown Bradenton.
Dennis Davis was all smiles as he sat sipping a cold one, listening to the music and having a conversation with buddies.
"I'm just here to support local businesses, buy their beer, buy their food and tip heavy," Davis said.
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Throughout the day, bands took to the stage playing everything from rock to blues to reggae.
For owner Paxton Richards, it's his way of showing his customers his appreciation every year.
"I have been in downtown for 14 years," Paxton said. "You have to give something back to the people that have supported you."
The event got off to a roaring start from the moment the doors opened, he said.
The event was free and beer and food were offered for sale. Raffles tickets were also being sold to win motorcycle accessories.
Stephanie Collett was enjoying
looking at the classic cars as she listened to the bands.
"Honestly, this is the way I like festivals as opposed to the big festivals with the booths," Collett said. "I like it simply for what it is, Everybody is here for a good time."
Brian Short brought his 3-year-old son, Maxwell Kingston Short, with him to the event.
Maxwell was speechless as he looked at all the cars, while bobbing along to the music.
"He loves to look at cars and bikes, so we try to find different things around town," Short said. "He also loves the live music."
The family lives in Sarasota, but often comes to Bradenton because of the family-friendly events with live music, he said. "It's nice and it's cool because it's hard to find a free event," Short said.
"You can't beat free music and getting to see some classic cars."
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.