By Ed Brock
It's easy to see why Sandra Wiggins of Jonesboro is planning to return this year to the city of Morrow's "Summerfest on the Green."
"The kids had so much fun and everything was free," Wiggins said.
Free games, free music, free clowns, free parking and even free hot air balloon rides were part of last year's Summerfest, and they'll be there again on Saturday in the same grassy lawn at 5917 Reynolds Road.
"A balloon ride is something a lot of people wouldn't have been able to afford," Wiggins said.
From 6 to 10 p.m. a large crowd is expected to turn out for this year's pre-Independence Day celebration. The only thing that will cost money is the food from Chick-fil-A.
And to top it all off, there will be fireworks.
"We claim it's metro Atlanta's best fireworks exhibit," said Lisa Sewell, director of tourism for the city of Morrow.
And this year, just before the massive fireworks display by Atlanta Pyrotechnics of Marietta, which will occur shortly after nightfall, 17-year-old Rachel Williams of Jonesboro will sing the National Anthem.
"I think that will be a nice touch," said Sewell.
Williams isn't nervous at all, said her mother Sandra Duckworth.
"She does this a lot," Duckworth said.
Duckworth said she attended last year's Summerfest as well.
"The fireworks were really, really good. I was really impressed by that," Duckworth said.
This will be the second year that the festival will be held essentially in Sue Markel's front yard.
"I had a private party in the back last year and I'm doing that again this year," Markel said.
Last year more than 1,000 people attended the festival.
The city owns the 10 acres of land and house, which once belonged to former Morrow City Councilman Virgil Kilby, and Markel leases the house.
This Summerfest is a good opportunity for her to throw a birthday party for her 82-year-old father and 75-year-old uncle who thought last year's party was "spectacular," Markel said.
"It's amazing, when you get all those people there, I think it went off rather well," Markel said.
Along with the city and the Morrow Business and Tourism Association, other sponsors of the event are Allan Vigil Ford, Brasfield & Gorrie, Chick-fil-A, REMAX and Harley Davidson of Clayton County.
Free parking with shuttle service will be available at Rock Springs Baptist Church and New Mt. Calvary AME Church down the road.
For more information on Summerfest call (770) 968-1623.