The 28th annual Mayfest again fulfilled its original mission Saturday, said Yolanda Marshall, the special events supervisor for Augusta Parks and Recreation Department.
"It's our way of providing families an outlet to unite along with entertainment," Ms. Marshall said as the aroma of smoked meats swirled around May Park at the daylong, hip-hop-flavored music festival.
The outdoor event featured nationally known Atlanta-based recording artists Bone Crusher, ATL and Lil' Scrappy. Up-and-coming rappers B.G., Kadalack Boyz, Rasheeda, Pit Bull, Lloyd of Inc. Records and Al Biggz also performed on the bill, which featured Lloyd Banks of the G-Unit group headed by Grammy award nominee 50 Cent.
Terrence Luke, of Augusta, came to the park with some of his buddies specifically to see B.G.
"And also to see the beautiful ladies," said the 14-year-old with a sly smile.
Rashawn Carter, also 14, agreed with Terrence, his rapping mate, that New Orleans-based rapper B.G. is a future force in the music industry.
"We're here to get crunked," said Rashawn, who defined the contemporary adjective "crunked" as simply "having a good time and enjoying ourselves."
Willie Lee Jones drove his daughters Selinthia, 18, and Amy, who turns 2 on May 31, to the show from their Waynesboro home.
Though they enjoyed the show, Mr. Jones said his family and many others were forced to find refuge from the mid-80-degree day and its blazing sun.
"Great show but just too hot," Mr. Jones said.
Food vendors also were present, along with a number of residents who used the event as a chance to usher in summer with a cookout.
LaKeshia Collins, the promotions director of WFXA-FM, said the free concert is a public service for the station's many listeners.
"We realize many of these kids can't afford to buy tickets, so this is our way of giving back," she said.
Officials said that about 10,000 people attended the festival.
Mayfest is co-sponsored by the Augusta Recreation & Parks along with Radio One, the owners of WFXA-FM.
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