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Top 10 Things to Know for the 9th Annual Festival at the Switchyard

Post Date:10/23/2018 6:00 PM

2018 Festival at the SwitchyardExcitement is building for the 9th Annual Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard on Saturday, November 3 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The Festival is held on the streets of Historic Downtown Carrollton.

Top 10 Things to Know:

1. It’s FREE! No entry fee or ticket is needed, and all rides, games, concerts, and entertainment are free (including concerts by headliner Stone Temple Pilots and openers Vertical Horizon and Tonic). Bring spending money for food, drinks, and shopping.

2. Main Stage Entertainment: All day entertainment begins at 11 am with Counterfeit Radio playing a mixture of pop, rock, and R&B from the ‘70s to today. Next up is Dallas foursome Redline, who will bring their alternative rock originals to the stage, followed by country cover band, Straight Tequila Night, who will give Festival goers a chance to two-step to the greatest hits from ‘90s country music. 

Austin-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jelly Ellington will bring his mix of smooth and soulful vocals and edgy guitar style for some blues-based rock ‘n’ roll, before one of the premier blues bands in the Metroplex, Texas Flood, pays tribute to the legends with an in-your-face performance. Then, high energy cover band Downtown Fever will bring a one-of-a-kind party experience that’s sure to get Festival goers dancing. 

Take it back to the sweet sounds of the ‘90s as pop-rock sensation Vertical Horizon plays their top hits that are sure to be “Everything You Want.” Next on deck is musical powerhouse, Tonic, who will merge the raw honesty of rock with their unabashed melodies in songs like “If You Could Only See.” The fun reaches its pinnacle with headliner Stone Temple Pilots as they finish out the evening with rock anthems like “Creep” that line the hearts and minds of local alt-rock lovers.

3. Front of Stage Entertainment: In addition to the main stage entertainment, attendees can enjoy performances from local groups throughout the day in front of the stage. First up, the Creekview High School Chevals Drill Team will showcase the variety of dance styles they perform throughout the year. The R. L. Turner Drumline will amaze the crowd with their rhythms and musical talent, followed by members of Motion, The Studio, a full-service studio for cheer, dance, and fitness in Historic Downtown Carrollton, who will perform several dance styles. Next, Sidekicks Karate will present a high flying (and kicking) demonstration. Closing out the front of stage lineup, the Highsteppers, a 5th-8th grade drill team at Mary Immaculate School in Farmers Branch, will make their Festival debut. 

4. Games & Rides: Enjoy the extensive kid’s craft area, carnival games, bungee trampolines, zip line, inflatables, face painting, balloon twisting, and more. All free! Just make sure to get in line early as the face painting and balloon twisting booths shut down at 6 p.m., and rides and games shut down at 7 p.m. 

5. Children’s Entertainment: An action-packed lineup begins at 12:30 pm in the Plaza Arts Center featuring local entertainers sure to give an enriching and enjoyable experience to children of all ages. Watch in awe as stunt juggler Matt Tardy showcases feats of strength and flexibility with his world-class juggling act and stunts such as walking on nails. Prepare to be amazed as Corean Gonzales tricks and flips her way through a seven-hoop performance complete with giant slinkies. Get ready to laugh as Creekview High School Theatre puts on a short comedy show. Follow it up with a variety show for all ages that includes comedy, circus arts, and the bizarre from Landon Stark. Closing the Plaza entertainment is a daredevil magic show by Christopher Lyle that will take wild and incredible feats and combine them with vivid illusions.

6. Food Vendors: When you get hungry, you can give your feet a rest in one of our Downtown restaurants or enjoy a quick bite to eat from food vendors offering Festival favorites such as kettle corn, brats, deep fried Oreos, turkey legs, fajitas, funnel cake, and of course, Fletcher’s corny dogs. 

7. Shopping: Visit the unique shops that line the Square or stop by the many trendy artisan booths for items ranging from jewelry and clothing to trinkets for kids and chicken hats. Start working on that Christmas gift list early this year! 

8. Beer Garden: Take a break in the beer garden, and visit one of three bars at the Festival for a variety of beer and wine. Several Downtown restaurants also offer mixed drinks. 

9. Parking will be extremely limited. Park and ride the DART Green Line to the Downtown Carrollton Station (regular charges apply; visit dart.org/fares).

10. Festival sponsors include 97.1 The Eagle, Atmos Energy, Bai Brands, Bath Expo and Window Expo, Biomat USA-Grifols, Brookhaven College, Dallas Observer, DART, DFWChild Magazine, Frost Bank, Honest-1 Auto Care of Carrollton, iHeartRadio, Keller Williams Central, LEI Home Enhancements, Metro by T-Mobile, Olympus on Main, Parks Coffee, Sam Pack’s Five Star Chevrolet and Ford, Suburban Parent Magazine, Switchyard Apartments, and Western Extrusions. 

For more information about the Festival at the Switchyard, visit carrolltonfestival.com. For the latest updates, stay connected with the Festival on social media at facebook.com/carrolltonfestival and twitter.com/carrolltonfest

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