SURGOINSVILLE — It’s hard to say what was the hottest job at the Surgoinsville Riverfront Festival Saturday afternoon.
As most of the crowd sought shade on the north side of the park waiting for the sun to dip below the trees and cool things down, the Surgoinsville First Baptist Church staff manned their posts under the free food tent with the sun in their eyes.
It’s debatable whether the free hot dog distributors or the free popcorn distributors had to deal with more artificial heat, but one thing that is not debatable is who had the coolest job.
That was pastor Tecky Hicks, whose primary task was to keep the free snow cone machine full of ice.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the park, the food booths alternated between hot and cold, with plenty of ice cream for sale right beside hot dogs and sausages on the griddle and two ladies toiling over a vat of boiling oil making funnel cakes.
It was extremely hot at the park during the event, and undoubtedly the crowd would grow exponentially later in the evening as the shade descended and big bands played and pro wrestling commenced.
The only afternoon attendees who didn’t seem to mind the heat were the youngsters who were wearing out the inflatable bouncy attractions and about 20 young boys who were pounding the turf out in the sun playing a game of tackle football (without pads of course).