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York celebrates the good times at Summerfest

Thousands of people crowded the streets of downtown York Saturday for Summerfest, the city’s annual send-off to summer.

Temperatures hovered in the low 90s as local dignitaries and members of the York Comprehensive High School choral program began the festivities on the steps of the York County Courthouse, and spectators huddled in the shade to escape the heat.

A highlight of this year’s festival was a Monster Energy BMX team, which gave four 25-minute performances throughout the day on North Congress Street.

The event also offered plenty of traditional fun for families, including dozens of craft vendors, local exhibitors, fair food and children’s games.

Noah Lingerfelt, 8, of Clover, practiced milking a cutout wood cow in an exhibit outside the Clemson Extension Service building, which offered exhibits to mark its 100th year.

Barbara Howe of Hickory Grove guided her 3-year-old granddaughter, Addison Edington, through a bike safety rodeo offered by York County Safe Kids with Piedmont Medical Center.

About 200 cars of all makes and models participated in the annual Summerfest car show, said organizer Jim Dickerson, who noted participation was down from around 300 cars last year.

The bands Flash Back and Pocketful of Change gave opening and closing concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively.