Fire Over Aiken lit up the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds on Saturday night for another year of food, fun and fireworks.
The annual fireworks show and festival, which is organized by Atlantic Broadband, kicked off at 5 p.m. and lasted into the night. Families from throughout the CSRA came to hear local bands perform, enjoy carnival rides and shop at vendor stalls from small businesses.
Some of those business owners make a point to come to Fire Over Aiken each year.
"We do a lot of events that are put on by the Aiken Standard," said Jamie Williams of Iron Gate Candles and Co. "They're always great events; we always have great success. Whenever we hear about it, we always love being out in the community."
Many families come to Fire Over Aiken to enjoy the kid-friendly rides. Emma Blanchard brought her son, Jake, who likes the spinning rides.
"He's kind of a thrill seeker," Blanchard said. "It's good to get him out to stuff like this."
The night began with the Kid's Talent Show, which allowed children 18 and under to perform one song onstage before a panel of judges.
This year's winner was 14-year-old Irulan Coleman, who attends Aiken Scholars Academy. She sang "Don't You Worry ’Bout a Thing" by Tori Kelly.
"The song 'Don't You Worry ’Bout a Thing,' it inspired me to let loose because I used to be really, solely set on competition," said Coleman. "…But now it's just kind of let loose, have fun, no matter what happens."
Coleman did callback auditions twice for "The Voice" in Atlanta and Boston. She described competing on "The Voice" as very "intense" compared to competing in the Kid's Talent Show, where she got to relax and party with the crowd, but she still gets nervous whenever she gets on stage.
"I was very terrified," Coleman said. "I always get the jitters before, but when I get on stage and can let loose."
Coleman hopes to return to the talent show to compete next year. She will be attending voice competitions in Atlanta, and plans to audition for "American Idol" when she turns 15.