More than 2,000 residents had stopped by BrierFest 2018 midway through the three-day festival, despite an early closing on opening night.
"Everything is going very well," Dustin Chapman, who serves on the event's board, said Saturday afternoon. "We've been fighting the weather, but tonight is a better night. We're expecting a good crowd tonight for Confederate Railroad."
As severe weather rolled in Friday evening, event organizers were forced to close down early, canceling a scheduled performance by Casey Donahew Band.
"We're a little upset about having to cancel Casey Donahew, but safety comes first," Mayor Sammy Joe Hartwick said.
Day two of the three-day festival embraced the area's small-town atmosphere, featuring a tractor pull in the middle of the festival, located along the short walk between the carnival rides and the vendor booths.
Several passersby became audience members as they found open seats under a few shade trees near the tractor race track.
A short distance from the tractor pull sat the Kidz Zone, where young children jumped from the bounce house to the hula hoop station, while making a final stop at the "Piggy Party." Children were able to pay $5 to round up miniature pigs inside a fenced in area. Others who did not want to chase after the small oinkers stood along the outskirts of the pin as they befriended the little piggies.
"I don't want to leave, this one is my friend and he's already asleep in my arms," 7-year-old Kali Camaram pleaded as family members attempted to pry her away from the area.
While the three-day festival offers a weekend of family fun for all who attend, Mayor Hartwick said the event continues giving back to the community long after the festival is over.
Profits from the festival trickle back into the Greenbrier community through scholarships and other benefits.
"It's just all about community," he said, noting the festival works to bring the small town together for the weekend.
Cleverly scheduled just after the school season ended and during Memorial Day weekend, the event serves as a great family getaway, Chapman said.
"This is a fun event for the community," he said. "It's important to give people a fun, safe, family event to do on Memorial Day weekend. Plus, all of the profits from this events go toward scholarships in Greenbrier."
In keeping with the Memorial Day spirit, staff members wore shirts featuring red, white and blue lettering. The event's signage was also painted in red, white and blue.
With nearly 40 vendors on site and a variety of eats to choose from, there's still time to jump in on the excitement before the festival draws to an end Sunday evening.
The festival is set up at the Greenbrier High School, located at 72 Green Valley Drive and will remain open from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
In its final day, two musical acts — Mallory Everett, set to perform at 2 p.m., and Heath Sanders, set to perform at 3 p.m. — will follow a worship service provided by Crosspoint Baptist Church.