Written by Nick Kammerer
Irving citizens did not have to drive very far to find quality entertainment last weekend. Hundreds of Irving residents and families gathered on Friday and Saturday, Sep. 13 and 14, for the annual Irving Main Street Event, a multi-day celebration coordinated by the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department.
The Event has snowballed into a popular, exciting attraction for the City of Irving, and this year's festival included some large attractions not present in earlier celebrations.
“This year we expanded the Irving Main Street Event to a second day, introducing an evening of live music on Friday before launching into the full festival that the community has come to know and love,” Special Events Coordinator for the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department, Jasmine Lee, said.
The Main Street Event was held in the Irving Heritage District that included parts of Irving Blvd, Main Street and Second Street. The annual festival featured activities for all ages to enjoy, including the newly added Wagner's Carnival where participants enjoyed challenging shooting games, fun houses, opportunities to win prizes, a Ferris wheel and other traditional carnival games.
Two stages at this year's festival–the Main stage and Car Show stage - promoted a number of well-known bands and featured performances by Fingerprints, Carabali, All Funk Radio Show, Vocal Trash, LC Rocks, The Texas Bopcats, The Sol Witness and Texas Slim. Each of the bands represented a variety of musical genres including R&B, Rock, Pop, Salsa and Funk.
In addition to bands, a number of young, talented musicians showcased their musical abilities at this year's Battle of the Bands that was held on Friday.
Younger children enjoyed a variety of free activities, rides, and displays at the Family Fun Zone, which featured a Children's stage with music, magic and dance.