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July 24, 2013

Sidney festival to feature song, dance

Outdoor fun will be available in Sidney on Saturday as the Chamber of Commerce holds its 13th annual Summer Music & Arts Festival.

The downtown area will be closed to traffic for the event, which occurs from 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is being held in conjunction with Cullman Community Day at Keith Clark Park, officials said. There will be a shuttle bus allowing visitors to both events easy transportation between the two sites. Children’s and sports activities are scheduled for the events at the park. The Cullman Center provides child care and educational facilities in Sidney.

The music festival includes arts and crafts and food vendors on Main Street, chamber secretary Carol Allen said. Since the day was moved from its traditional spot during Sidney alumni weekend, all children’s activities will be held at the park to avoid any conflict. The day is a fundraiser for the chamber as well as an event to bring people downtown, she said.

Musical performers on the stage at the corner of Division and Market streets include:

• 8:45 a.m. to 9 :30 a.m. — The Basement Four band, a recent winner of the Bainbridge battle of the bands.

• 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. — The Sidney Community Band, playing a variety of popular songs.

• 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — The Kenyon Hill band, playing folk, and from

• 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Just Throw Money, which plays classic country, folk and songs from the 1970s.

Other events include dance groups from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the ABC Center for the Performing Arts, and 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center. There is also car cruise-in on Main Street. from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cullman Center Executive Director Amy Williams said when music festival organizers approached her group about joining forces, it seemed “a great opportunity” for family activities.

“It should help make the day more successful,” she said.

Events at the park from 8 a.m. to noon include Mike the Juggler and a biathlon Throughout the day there will be a bounce house, bubbles, games and craft projects.

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