Thousands Turn Out For Jacksonville One Spark Opening Ceremony

Apr 7, 2015

One Spark opening ceremony emcee Doc Waller welcomes thousands of spectators to the event Tuesday evening.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WJCT News


The third-ever Jacksonville One Spark Festival is underway downtown. Thousands of people turned out for the opening ceremony Tuesday night. 

The crowd funding festival kicked off in Hemming Park as the sun was setting.

“I want you to hash tag #OneSpark2015 until your fingers start hurting, OK?” emcee Doc Waller told the crowd. 

The UNF Enlivened Spaces class created this great white shark, which will be swimming in the Hemming Park fountain throughout One Spark.
Credit Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Waller said he wanted news of the festival to spread around the world in a night on social media. He also invited attendees to download the One Spark app so they can vote for and contribute to more than 500 creator projects.  

“You’re the ones who are going to decide if the creators can take their ideas to the next level," he said. "You’re the ones who are going to turn their small ideas into something huge.”

  One Spark voting runs through Sunday at 3 p.m. Then winners will be awarded their money at the closing ceremony from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.