Armed Forces Day festival rocked the park

Armed Forces Day festival rocked the park

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The celebration of our armed forces continued Saturday after the parade at Elmer Thomas Park. The 3rd annual Armed Forces Day Music Festival and Red Dirt BBQ brought out a record number of people. It started at 1 p.m., and ended to 10 p.m. with music and a fireworks show.

A special guest from a reality TV show called Misfit Garage in Dallas, Tx came for the car show and to honor the military.

"That's why I'm here, to show my support for people who have made me able to go do what I do," said Tom Smith, Misfit Garage. "I almost have a tear in my eye thinking about all the people who made the sacrifices so I can live the good life."

Along with music playing all day, the kids tried out a 200 foot zip line, and hopped in the bounce house. For a bite to eat, the barbeque contest directed all proceeds to CASA of Southwest Oklahoma.

Event organizers say they believe this is the best Armed Forces Day festival they have had to date.

"We're just tickled pink to put it on," said John Beemer, event coordinator. "It really is just a great support for our military and shows that Lawton-Fort Sill really is a community partner with our military. That we support them with everything they do, and whether it's here or whether it's across overseas, we will support them 100 percent."

Beemer says they are looking at expanding the festival for next year, and making it an all-weekend event.

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