Written by Phil Cerroni
Thousands turned out for a day marked by cool temperatures and sunny skies at the City of Irving’s annual Main Street Event on Sep. 8. The family event drew residents and visitors to Irving’s Heritage District, 217 Main St., for warm funnel cakes, live music and inflatable slides.
“We’ve been every year to this event,” Chris VanPelt, of Irving, said. “This is the best festival Irving has ever had. There’s a lot of free stuff. I always come and bring an extra kid. There’s stuff for them to do and crafts for the moms to check out, and you get to learn a lot about the City.
“And the free stuff,” she added, “I think I said that already.”
This year’s event, like ones before, featured the Manifolds on Main Street Car Show where brightly colored classic and some more modern cars lined Main Street, drawing stares and camera flashes from attendees.
The event also included the David Thomas World of Magic show and a teen Battle of the Bands competition.
Local merchants also opened their doors to the visitors and vendors set up under tents in the district to show off their best work to the families passing through.
“I hope I’ll be back,” vendor Galyna Sergyeva said. “I love the people. Everyone is so friendly and very happy today. It’s just a good day to relax.”
Marcela Rivas, of Irving, who brought her two sons to the event, agreed.
“It’s nice to take the kids and just walk around with the family,” she said.
“We’re going to eat something,” her 9-year-old son, Leonardo Zelaya said.
“I love funnel cakes,” he said, straightening a junior-sized plastic City of Irving firefighter hat on his head.
The free event was presented by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.