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Downtown Sanford StreetFest & Fireworks has announced that 90s alternative, pop, and rock tribute band 120 Minutes will headline this year’s event, scheduled for October 9.
While the festival will be scaled back to better adhere to COVID-19 protocols, Downtown Sanford, Inc. (DSI) hopes the entire community will come out to enjoy a full day of music, a food truck rodeo, a craft and artisan market, demos, and – of course – fireworks. The festival will open at 1 p.m. and run all day.
The main stage on Wicker Street will open at 2 p.m. with Bad Moon Rising followed by the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band. A second stage on Carthage Street will showcase local talent starting at 2 p.m., including Karla’s Kids, Black Belt Leadership Academy, Temple Teen Ensemble, Triple Pointe Dance Academy, and The Jeans Band.
The City of Sanford Appearance Commission will dedicate the public art in Charlie Watson Lane at 1:15 p.m. The Sudan Dunn Clowns will entertain festival go-ers at 3:00 p.m. and Woody’s Wood Carving will be carving on-site until 6 p.m.
Downtown restaurants will be open on their regular schedules. The food truck rodeo will be set up around downtown offering a mix of American and International cuisines and both sweet and savory options. Participating trucks include Gussy’s Greek, Doherty’s Paddy Wagon, The Corner Venezuelan, Buff-o-Line, and NC Wings and Things. Sweet offerings include Better Than The Udders, Boli’s Donuts, and MunchiLove Brownies.
Downtown businesses will feature specials and sidewalk sales. Craft and artisan vendors will be set up throughout downtown with unique wares. There will also be educational and interactive booths for the whole family.
As the live music winds down, head to Depot Park and Moore Street for a dance party. Fireworks will light up the sky over downtown starting around 8:45 p.m., depending on weather.
DSI, along with the City of Sanford, the Sanford Area Growth Alliance, title sponsor Central Carolina Hospital, the Visit Sanford Tourism Development Authority, and participating businesses and nonprofits encourage attendees to follow all COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing a mask when social distancing is difficult. Safety stations will be clearly marked and stocked with masks and sanitizer.
For more information, including a full list of food trucks, a music schedule, and a festival map, visit www.sanfordstreetfest.com.