MEDICINE PARK A new breed of music took over Medicine Park Saturday afternoon.
Gone were the soft melodies of Native American flutes, the smooth sounds of blues and the catchy rhythms of red dirt music all replaced by head-banging hard rock courtesy of seven local and regional bands. The first ever Medicine Park Rockin' the Park was organized by Mayor Dwight Cope, a music afficionado who has continued to build the resort town's musical clout over the years with several festivals scattered throughout the year. Rock has never been well represented, so it seemed like a good idea for another festival to coincide with the annual Old Plantation Hot Rod and Car Show, organized by restaurant owner Forrest Ray. Judging by the crowd gathered Saturday, Cope's idea paid off.
"It's been a beautiful day and that's brought a lot of people out here," he said. "The music has been really good and people are excited for it. We've had a tremendous crowd all afternoon."
Perfect weather greets those at festival
Crystal clear blue skies and temperatures in the high 70s provided the perfect afternoon to hang out in Medicine Park, have a drink and listen to music all day. But there were also plenty of extremely nice automobiles to look at. No drooling was allowed. All makes, models, years and countries were represented with automobiles parked from the Medicine Park Stage down to the Old Plantation parking lot. There was no clear cut decisive favorite, simply because there were so many beauties.
"They wanted me to be a judge, but I don't know if I could decide," Cope said. "There are a lot of awesome cars out here. It's amazing."