Sanford StreetFest announces lineup

Saturday’s festival features food, music, fireworks and more

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SANFORD — Downtown Sanford StreetFest & Fireworks has announced the lineup for its 5th anniversary event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8.

This festival offers a full day of music and performances, more than 15 food trucks, craft and artisan vendors, demos and — of course — fireworks. Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. and run all day.

The main stage on Wicker Street will open at 2 p.m. with local favorite “The Simpletones,” followed by legendary “Chairmen of the Board” with classic soul, rhythm and blues, Motown and funk music. This year’s headline band is the “Part Time Party Band,” known for its upbeat variety of pop, beach and top 40 hits.

A second stage at Depot Park will showcase local talent starting at 2 p.m. with Triple Pointe Dance Academy. This full second-stage lineup includes King Kai, Dancers’ Workshop, Magetsi, Prime Time Dance Academy, the Temple Teen Ensemble and Bryson Lyons Music.

StreetFest will also bring performances to Charlie Watson Lane. Black Belt Leadership Academy will demonstrate martial arts skills, Danza Azteca will perform traditional Aztec dances, and Tobacco Road Southern Drum will demonstrate traditional Lumbee dancing and drums. Imagine Circus’ performers will roam the streets.

There will be fun activities for all ages. El Refugio will offer interactive Day of the Dead activities, the Boys & Girls Club will host a fun zone, and the Lee County Community Orchestra will lead a kazoo parade. Festival-goers can also participate in a special scavenger hunt and commemorate the day with festival-themed selfie stations.

Downtown restaurants and shops will be open on their regular schedules. Food trucks will be set up around downtown offering a mix of American and International cuisines and both sweet and savory options. Craft and artisan vendors will join them on the streets. There will also be educational and interactive booths for the whole family.

As the live music winds down, head to Depot Park for a dance party with DJ B Free. Fireworks will light up the sky over downtown starting around 8:45 p.m., depending on weather.

The City of Sanford, Downtown Sanford, the Sanford Area Growth Alliance, presenting sponsor Central Carolina Hospital, and the Visit Sanford Tourism Development Authority encourage the whole community to join in on this annual celebration of Sanford.

View a full list of food trucks, a festival schedule and map, and more at www.sanfordstreetfest.com.

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