Shows of jubilation erupted from the square as the second day of the Bryan Jubilee attracted people from all over the area for rides, food and games.

High temperatures throughout the week resulted in much of the setup being done in the late hours of the night Tuesday and Wednesday, but everything was in place for its grand opening on Thursday.

Continued heat and humidity drove down turnout for the first day of the three-day event, which is to be expected, said Dan Yahraus, Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

However, with more moderate temperatures early Friday evening, he said things were going well.

“The weather is beautiful today,” Yahraus said. “We’re hoping for a good day today with the nice breeze and perfect sunshine. There’s not a cloud in the sky.”

They had a good crowd Friday that seemed happy.

Courtney Murphy from Hillsdale, Michigan, was one of the people in the crowd Friday, watching as her two kids and their friend rode on one of the rides.

“My grandparents used to bring me here when I was a kid,” she said.

For her, the best part of it is the food, but the kids enjoy the rides.

“It’s nice, our fair in Hillsdale isn’t until the end of summer when the kids go back to school,” Murphy said.

The event continues today with rides open from 1-11 p.m. Individual tickets are $1.50 each, or 20 for $25 dollars, and each ride costs two to three tickets. A wristband can be bought for $20.

The Lee Warren Band will perform in the bandstand from 7-10:30 p.m.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, running its usual course from the corner of West High and Portland streets, east down High Street to Toy Street.

“We’re the same on our numbers as we were last year, but I believe it’ll be a nice parade,” Yahraus said Friday. “There’ll be people who enter in at the last moment.”

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