MAUGANSVILLE -- It felt more like a block party than a festival.
Neighborhood friendships were renewed, food sizzled on grills and conversations turned to football and the weather.
It was the kind of atmosphere organizers had hoped to create 30 years ago.
Glancing around Maugansville Ruritan Community Park on Saturday, Bob Walton was pretty sure they had succeeded.
For the past three decades, the celebration known as Maugansville Pride Day has become an end-of-summer tradition.
The event is hosted by the Maugansville Ruritan Club.
"It's a way for the community to come together as a family," said Walton, co-chairman of this year's event. "It's a way to celebrate small-town living."
Walton said Pride Day has grown from the first year, when several hundred people gathered at the park to enjoy a picnic.
Organizers were expecting more than 3,000 people to visit the park on Saturday.
And, instead of a picnic, the event has become a festival, with more than 50 craft vendors, live music, games and food.