Play with Boogers and Roll like a Hamster at Carrollton’s Festival at the Switchyard

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Festival offers unique activities for all ages, all free with admission

Free kids activities at the Festival at the Switchyard

Carrollton’s Festival at the Switchyard has plans to keep your kids excited throughout the Festival taking place October 22 and 23 on the Downtown Carrollton Square. KidsWorld, a kids’ area filled with exciting games and activities, will take up one-third of the Festival footprint and offer seating for adults to watch their kids while having a taste of the Festival food nearby. Among the games and activities, Booger Wars, human hamster balls, a trackless train, laser tag, an obstacle course, a video game trailer and bungee trampolines are garnering attention from kids and adults. All activities are free to Festival attendees with $5 daily admission. Tickets for children 5 years old and under are free. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://store.carrolltonfestival.com/.

For the adults, Festival at the Switchyard has announced the full entertainment lineup for the inaugural 2010 Festival. The lineup brings an amazing array of musical talent and diversity to the stage. Artists include headliners native Texan singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen, alternative country favorites The Old 97s, the self-described “choral symphonic rock” group Polyphonic Spree, and local favorite The Orbans, along with Carrollton native and America’s Got Talent finalist pianist Jeffrey Ou, Ensemble from the award-winning Carrollton Wind Symphony, Burning Hotels, Dovetail, Ryan Edgar, Acoustic Pop, Dallas-based Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft, and several Battle of the Bands contestants.

The site for this outdoor Festival, just east of I-35 on the south side of Belt Line Road, is mid-way between George Bush Turnpike and LBJ Freeway. In addition to the exciting concerts, great food, beer and wine, arts and crafts, interactive games, and activities for children of all ages, Festival attendees will also be able to park at either the Trinity Mills or Downtown Carrollton DART station and be among the first to ride the DART Rail in Carrollton. DART has partnered with Festival at the Switchyard to open two of the three Carrollton stations along the “northwest corridor” of DART’s Green Line for a special sneak preview. Both the Trinity Mills Station and the Downtown Carrollton Station will open and rides will be free for the Festival only. After the Festival, the stations will close again until the slated December 6, 2010 opening.
For a full entertainment lineup, to purchase tickets, view videos of games and activities, or for more parking and general information, visit http://carrolltonfestival.com. To fill out a volunteer application form or for more details about the volunteer process and guidelines, visit carrolltonfestival.com/volunteers. Follow the Festival on Facebook for constant updates: http://facebook.com/CarrolltonFestival.

The Festival at the Switchyard is an official City of Carrollton event, being produced and promoted in partnership with Ariamedia. Special thanks to our sponsors, DART, Metro PCS and Viewpoint Bank.

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