CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - Thousands of people from around the Midlands enjoyed the Labor Day holiday celebrating during the annual Chapin Labor Day Festival.
The festival kicked off on Saturday with a farmer's market, live music and a 5k. On Sunday, festival goers enjoyed live music courtesy of Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins.
The main attraction, however, came Monday as thousands of people packed the annual Labor Day Parade route just outside of downtown Chapin.
"I am impressed by the number of people and the magnitude," Amy Mills, who lives in Chapin, said. "It's a little overwhelming that there are this many people that come together for this. It's awesome, I'm super excited and I'm glad the kids get to come here and experience this."
Mills said she and her family have lived in Chapin for two years and Monday marked the first time she and her children have experienced the annual festival.
"I do believe this is going to have to be a yearly thing for us because the kids are having a blast," she said.
The parade featured dozens of floats, including community organizations, local marching bands and political campaigns. For the hundreds of children who lined the street, the best part of the parade was simple.
"It was fun because I got a lot more candy than last year," Trey, 11, said.
"They're giving a lot more candy, a lot more floats and stickers," Hunter, 11, said. "I love stickers!"
While some families like the Mills are new to the festival, for others it is a decades long tradition. Betsy Bonnett grew up in Chapin and moved back with her own family seven years ago.
"It's a part of our culture," she said. "You have kids on daddy's shoulders because families can be together because they have the day off and experience this together."
The festival also features more than 130 vendors, a vintage car show and library book sale.