Jefferson City, Mo. (KMIZ)
Salute to America kicked off Friday in Jefferson City, with large crowds coming from across Missouri to celebrate the holiday weekend and check out new attractions brought in this year.
David Thompson, Event Vice Chair for Salute to America, says this move was made in part after the carnival vendor used by Salute to America was unable to attend due to staffing shortages.
Thompson says since then, Salute has welcomed multiple new events and attractions.
Axe Throwing is new to Salute to America this year and Thompson says it has been a crowd favorite.
In addition to axe throwing being set up at the event, Thompson says there will also be a double elimination axe throwing tournament throughout the weekend.
Christian Finch, a Jefferson City resident attending his first Salute to America, said while he had never been before, he will be sure to come back next year.
Finch says he and his friends have been all over the event today, getting food, drinks and books before throwing axes.
Salute to America also brought in an inflatable park, including obstacle courses and bounce houses for kids.
Thompson says while there are a few less entertainment vendors this year, food vendors are out in full force offering a variety of food and drinks for those attending.
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