RED SPRINGS — The Red Springs Arts Council will hold its annual Street Festival Saturday between 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on East Third Avenue between Main and Cross Streets — rain or shine.
“This year’s festival promises to be one of our best ever,” said Margie Labadie, festival organizer.
The festival will include activities for the entire family like pony rides, a “Moon Walk,” arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival games and back by popular demand, the “Bubbles in the Breeze” ride aboard the Red Springs and Northern Railroad.
Musical acts at this year’s festival include local up-and-coming blues act Lakota John and Friends, singer-songwriter Morris Cardenas, Mario and the Shakers, and the Red Springs High School Chorus. The Cloggers from the Gibson School of Dance will also preform.
Pallaber the Clown combines clowning, magic and balloon sculpture that will surely bring smiles. Children can get a lesson in clowning or miming from Jef Lambdin, of The InteACTtive Theater.
A new addition to the festival’s lineup includes a free health fair sponsored by the Red Springs Chapter of Las Amigas, a national women’s public service organization. It will be held in the Red Springs Community Center on the corner of Cross Street and Third Avenue.
The following health screenings will be available to festival patrons at no cost: blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, HIV, sickle cell and body mass index, according to Eula C. McNeill, president of Red Spring’s Las Amigas Chapter. Other agencies will be available to discuss and share information regarding diabetes, cancer, dental health, food-related illnesses and others, she said.
The festival has taken over the block east of Main Street for the past 30 years, according to Labadie. It is supported by a Grassroots Arts grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. Admission is free.