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Jammin' with Uncle Sam

July 7, 2014

By Stephanie Butzer, The High Point Enterprise, N.C.

July 07--HIGH POINT -- Under a wide, cloudless blue sky, Festival Park at Oak Hollow Lake on Friday was full of the smell of kettle corn and lemonade and the sound of patriotic country music.

More than 12,000 people were expected to come to the park to celebrate Independence Day at High Point's annual Uncle Sam Jam.

The family-friendly event attracted both newcomers and old friends to the annual celebration. New music entertainers performed throughout the afternoon, including the Gal Friday Band, Alec Bailey and headliner, Josh Thompson.

Children had the chance to make crafts under the shade of the High Point Parks and Recreation tent, and there were inflatable blowups next door, a popular kids' attraction. A few minutes after the gates opened, dozens of people had already placed blankets on the grass in front of the stage to grab a good seat for the fireworks later that evening.

Henry's Gourmet Kettle Korn, one of the many vendors, has come to the Uncle Sam Jam for nine years.

"I think it has improved from the first year I came, but ever since we've been here, everybody's always been real nice," said owner Henry Watson. "I tell people the Uncle Sam Jam has the best fireworks anywhere that I have been for July Fourth. We really enjoy the fireworks."

In addition to traditional festival food like kettle corn, lemonade and funnel cakes, the Uncle Sam Jam also featured a Cajun food vendor and Moe's Southwest Grill.

High Point resident Kathy Casey said she's been to the Uncle Sam Jam dozens of times, but still enjoys the experience, especially the fireworks.

"It's very patriotic -- people just coming together," she said. "It's a birthday party for our country. It's just awesome. I love it." -- 888-3617


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