by Lisa Tome
Bud McFadden remembers the first Sunfest - it was held in 1982.
It was small scale, impacting only Queen Street, and the late Deacon Brumfield played his dobro while standing on a hay wagon. The Town also borrowed a moon bounce as entertainment for children.
"The goal was to get people to Rising Sun. Sunfest almost petered out but it was brought back by the RSBA (Rising Sun Business Association now known as the Greater Rising Sun Chamber)," said McFadden.
"One year, we had a group of hot air balloons participate. They were tethered and people could go for short, tethered rides. I remember coming into town and seeing those balloons. It was beautiful," he said. "Anytime there is good weather, Sunfest is a festive event. Even on a rainy day, it's good."
McFadden, a retired businessman and downtown property owner, has never missed a Sunfest. This year, he is coordinating the Sunfest Parade. He said that the partnership between the Town, chamber, and groups such as the Rising Sun Lions, American Legion Post 194, and Boys and Girls Club is what makes the event work.
"It's always exciting and it's grown over the years," he said.
Sunfest 2015 is set for Saturday, June 6. The parade steps off at 9 a.m. from Rising Sun Towne Center. This year, three bands will be featured - Rising Sun High School, Perryville High School, and Upper Chesapeake Community Band. There will also be antique tractors from Cecil County Farm Museum, fire apparatus, the Lions Club coffee pot and much more.
At 9:45 a.m., there will be prayer, pledge and greetings in Center Square. Sundance Studio Dancers perform at 10 a.m. Oxford Center for Dance performs at 10:30 a.m. Rising Sun Martial Arts performs at 11 a.m. Street Lamp Productions is set for 11:15 a.m. Jack Foreaker performs at 11:45 a.m. The talent and hula hoop contest begins at 12:15 p.m. Dave and Kathy Reed Gospel perform at 1 p.m. The One Eye Jacks concert begins at 2 p.m.
All of the vendors spots have been reserved. There will also be plenty of food vendors with a wide selection. To register for the parade online go to www.sunfest.us. Register for the Sunfest Talent Show at firstname.lastname@example.org