WINNSBORO — Sundown meant getting down last Friday when the fifth annual Shaggin’ in the Street attracted fans of music and dance to downtown Winnsboro.
“All of the sudden, you look up and it’s crowded,” said Connie Shackelford, community development administrator for Town of Winnsboro, as crowd slowly accumulated around the Town Clock.
Shackelford said she was pleased by the turnout and considered the event a success.
Flashback, dubbed Winnsboro’s adopted band by Shackelford, provided entertainment for Shaggin’ in the Street.
“I call them Winnsboro’s adopted band,” Shackelford said. “People love them — they’ve kind of got a following here.”
Dwayne Abney of Flashback missed last year’s iteration of Shaggin’ in the Street, but said he was glad to be back performing in Winnsboro. Abney added he is well-acquainted with performing in Winnsboro from past events.
“We’ve played Rock Around the Clock too,” Abney said.
Flashback inspired dancing with an arsenal of crowd-pleasing covers. A cover of “My Girl,” a song made famous by The Temptations, particularly moved couples to dance.
James “Wildman” Wigington heaped praise on the band, which has performed at three Shaggin’ in the Streets.
“They’re the best band Winnsboro’s ever got,” Wigington said. “That guy in the hat (Abney) is a good singer. “
While Shaggin’ in the Street has been established as a local tradition, some members of the audience were enjoying the event for the first time.
The Lovett family, who have called Winnsboro home for approximately one year, enjoyed the sights and sounds of Shaggin’ in the Street.
“We’re enjoying ourselves,” said Larry Lovett, who recently celebrated a birthday and was joined by his wife, Dianne, and daughter, Brandy.
Lovett said he and his wife enjoy sitting downtown even on non-event nights, but found Shaggin’ in the Street particularly agreeable.
“We really enjoy the down home atmosphere,” Lovett said.
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