Saturday was a day to celebrate soccer in Waynesboro.
More than 400 youngsters played soccer on several fields surrounding Waynesboro Area Senior High School at Saturday's 13th annual Soccerfest.
Several games went on simultaneously as players wearing brightly colored uniforms dashed up and down the fields. Parents called encouragement from the sidelines and spectators sat on the hills surrounding the fields enjoying the games, the blue skies and the low humidity. Dozens of coaches participated.
Beside the school, teams lined up for photos and waited their turn to play.
The annual celebratory kickoff to the fall soccer season in Waynesboro, Soccerfest is organized by the Waynesboro Youth Soccer Association. Referees donated their services for the day.
Chad Atkinson, director of coaching, watched 51 5-year-olds enthusiastically kicking the ball, aiming at small, portable goals.
"This is the first time they've ever played," Atkinson said. "They've had a week and a half of practice."