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10th Annual Carrollton Festival at the Switchyard to Include Free Children’s Entertainment Lineup

Post Date:07/16/2019 3:00 PM
Children's Entertainment Lineup-01With free rides and games, free live children’s entertainment, free face painting, and much more, the City of Carrollton’s 10th annual Festival at the Switchyard offers something for every member of the family to enjoy on Saturday, November 2 in Downtown Carrollton (1106 S. Broadway Street). 

The children’s entertainment lineup will kick off at 12:30 p.m. inside the Plaza Arts Center with a performance by D n D Juggling. Watch in awe as brothers Dakota and Devin light up the stage with their amazing juggling skills and comedy act. The duo will juggle a variety of objects including balls, LED light-up clubs, rings, knives, and even battle-axes. At 1:30 p.m., Taylor Bonato and Derrius J. Harmon with Encore Productions will amaze the audience with a breakdancing and hip-hop performance. 

Up next at 2:30 p.m., magician Joshua Ayala will dazzle Festivalgoers with a more modern approach to magic, giving audience members of every age something new to enjoy that they won’t soon forget. Closing the Plaza performances at 3:30 p.m., Shel Higgins, known for The Grandpa Show, will wow the crowd with stunts such as swallowing a sword and escaping a strait-jacket on a ladder. Higgins was a contestant on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent and was a big hit when he performed at the eighth annual Festival at the Switchyard in 2017. 

Other acts outside the Plaza Theater in front of the main stage include a performance from the Newman Smith High School Drumline, a showcase of multiple dance styles by Downtown Carrollton’s Motion, The Studio, and a high flying (and kicking) demonstration from Sidekicks Karate. Premier senior dance group, the Dallas Tap Dazzlers, will also return to the Festival to perform complex tap steps, as well as precision and line formations, that are sure to dazzle the crowd.

A variety of Festival rides and games will line the streets. Free face painting, arts and crafts, balloon artists, spin art, caricature drawings, and a photo booth will also be available for even more family fun. Rides and games close at 7 p.m., and the face painting, balloon artists, and spin art booths close at 6 p.m. 

When the kids are done for the day, head back out for free concerts by country-soul, swamp-funk opener Shinyribs and headliners alt-country group Old 97’s and neo-psychedelic pop-rock band Tripping Daisy. High energy group Emerald City Band; Matchbox Twenty tribute band Matchbook 20; Monica’s Bidi Bidi, a tribute to the Tejano Queen; Kenny Chesney tribute band Barefoot Nation; rock band King Zero; and Thunder Road, a tribute to Bruce Springsteen, will warm up the crowd. 

In addition to enjoying the free concerts and children’s entertainment, families can grab a bite to eat from the variety of food vendors on site or from one of the many Downtown restaurants. Festival booths and Downtown shops will also offer unique shopping opportunities. The event is held on the streets of Downtown Carrollton, just off IH-35E and Belt Line Road, steps away from the Downtown Carrollton Station on the DART Green Line. Festivalgoers are highly encouraged to park at the North Carrollton/Frankford Station or Trinity Mills Station and ride DART to the Festival site, as parking is extremely limited.

Festival sponsors to date include The Dallas Morning News, DFWChild Magazine, Republic Services, Suburban Parent Magazine, Texans Credit Union, and Western Extrusions. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event, which hosted more than 40,000 patrons in 2018. Visit carrolltonfestival.com/sponsors or email festival@cityofcarrollton.com for more information about the various Festival sponsorship packages available.

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