CHARLOTTE — After months of planning, CarolinaFest drew thousands of people in to Uptown Charlotte Monday.
Despite some thunderstorms, organizers say the event was a huge success. Whether it was to see James Taylor perform or to take part in other family fun, thousands of people spent their Labor Day at CarolinaFest.
"I'm very excited because it's like a once in a lifetime thing," said Tera Robinson.
The purpose of the event was to not only celebrate Labor Day but also to kick off the biggest event Charlotte has ever seen.
While the Democratic National Convention has delegates excited, the committee hoped to use CarolinaFest to involve the locals.
"I am psyched beyond belief! I work very hard for the [Democratic] party in Palm Beach County and I think this is my reward," said Linda Rosentham.
The majority of CarolinaFest went off without a hitch. But when rain set in, that cut Taylor's performance short. However, some people did not let the rain scare them away. The Legacy Village, which was set of to help leave a lasting impression on Charlotte after the DNC, was booming.
"It's for a lot of people to come out and give their message. We are kind of tucked away in the grand scheme of the DNC but we've had a great turnout today," said Ernie Mcllaney.
For many, CarolinaFest was an experience they said they will never forget.