Once again, Jim Thorpe's annual 4th of July Stay-At-Home Festival drew large crowds of people to Memorial Park this past Friday and Saturday.

Thousands braved the oppressive heat wave of the past several days which was finally broken on Saturday afternoon with the passage of severe storms which provided that evening's crowds with more comfortable temperatures.

The two-day Legion sponsored event kicked off on Friday evening with a car show put on by the Juke Box Cruisers Car Club while festival goers in Memorial Park enjoyed the music of the Johnny Cash Experience National Tour.

Saturday, the second day of the festival, began at noon with a flag raising ceremony by the Jim Thorpe Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 in honor of those who have served and are now serving our country at home and abroad.

This was followed shortly thereafter by a variety of children's games with lots of prizes and the eventual giveaway of two bicycles, one boy's bike and one girl's bike.

The winner of the boy's bicycle was Logan O'Shura and the winner of the girl's bicycle was Cassidy Snyder.

The winners of the bicycle decorating contest were Jenna Goff, Nick Goff, and Mikara Miller.

The live musical entertainment for the day on Saturday was provided by the bands Sweet Revenge from 3 to 6 pm and NightWind from 7 to 10 pm.

Speaking on behalf of the American Legion, Bob Marzen wished to express their "appreciation to the major sponsors who helped make the event possible. For the fireworks, which were sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company and the live entertainment, which was sponsored by the Jim Thorpe National Bank."

In addition to the fireworks and entertainment, there was a wide variety of great food and refreshments available as well as kid's rides.

The children also enjoyed the many rides within Memorial Park itself as well as visits by Buster the Clown on both days.

The Stay-At-Home Festival concluded its two-day run on Saturday night with another spectacular fireworks display which was once again sponsored by the Mauch Chunk Trust Company.