Bragg Jam 2012 kicked off Saturday with some sounds from young singers and musicians.

The annual event was inspired by the late Brax and Tate Bragg. The brothers lived and made music in Macon and traveled around the country.

Since the musical extravaganza started, the festival has given more than $150 thousand to the community.

But it's not just a celebration of sound.

Early in the day, kids got to make their own art jewelry as the Arts in the Park event began the festivities.

Some parents said Bragg Jam gave them an opportunity to spend quality time with the kids as well as something to look forward to for grown-ups.

Mother Stacy Stone, whose first stop was at Arts in the Park, told us, "My daughter will be taken care of later tonight and mommy will go out and enjoy the festivities."

And there was plenty of musical entertainment to go around.

The Kopecky Family Band is one of 46 bands that rocked the house of twelve different stages in Macon, bringing fans to their feet and onto the dance floor.

Kelsey Kopecky says her band came here last year, and it's the spirit of theirfans that brought them back to the stage for an encore.

"I think it's just the people," Kopecky commented. "The people of Macon make Bragg Jam so much fun. It's very much like last year, when we made so many friends that are still our best Facebook followers that we love to run into even on the street. I've been saying 'hi' to everyone."

Organizers say aboutfour thousand music and art lovers attended the event, which rocked well into the night, benefiting local arts endeavors like the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.

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