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Spring Daze Returns with Focus on Local Art, Culture | Apr 24

Free shuttles scheduled to accommodate over 15,000 guests

Thousands from across the state and southeast region are getting ready for a day of music, flavorful foods and functional art at its best at the 17th Annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. This free festival kicks off at 9 a.m. with a parade and performance by RazzAmaJazz Band; entertainment continues until 5 p.m. with dozens of performing acts, civic groups, art displays and concession areas.

Activities for 2010 celebrate arts, fitness and nature. Travel the Fitness Trail and learn what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. The first 600 visitors to the Fitness Stop near the Festival Information tent will receive a free pedometer as part of the Fit Cary Pedometer Challenge. Also unique to this year’s Festival is Art-o-Mat, an exhibit of retired cigarette vending machines converted into vend art. The Town will incorporate its annual Earth Day celebration into the festival, with exhibits and displays on how to become an Eco Hero through water conservation, recycling and litter reduction. In addition, a plant sale and giveaways are planned.

“In contrast to our summer Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Spring Daze emphasizes local artists and entertainers,” said Joy Ennis, Cary Festivals Coordinator. “With family-friendly stage performances scheduled every hour throughout the day, we hope to showcase the best cultural arts in the area.”

Festival goers can ride C-Tran’s Fixed Route system free of charge to and from the festival; the service will run every half-hour from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.- 7 p.m., and hourly in between those times from the Cary Train Depot between North Academy Street and Harrison Avenue. The Town is also providing a free shuttle bus from the Town Hall Parking Deck on Wilkinson Avenue. Shuttles run every 15-20 minutes between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Limited parking will be available inside Bond Park at the Bond Park Community Center and at the Cary Senior Center and Ropes Course parking area. For the safety and security of all visitors, pets are prohibited at Spring Daze.

In the event of heavy rain, Spring Daze will be postponed to Sunday April 25, 2010 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. To check for cancellations, call (919) 319-4500 x571; cancellations will also be posted on the Town of Cary’s Twitter Feed, www.twitter.com/TownofCary.

For a complete list of performances and vendors, visit Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4061.

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