DENTON — The 26th annual Caroline Summerfest, the traditional end of the summer celebration for area families, will celebrate the sights and sounds of the 1950s Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16.

Friday’s festival hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday’s festivities will be from noon to 9 .m. in historic downtown Denton. The rain date for Saturday only is Sunday, Aug. 17.

Last year, more than 11,000 people packed the streets of Denton for Caroline Summerfest.

The free festival features three stages of regional and local entertainment, a pedestrian parade, a classic car display, fireworks, strolling performers, free KidZart! activities and food and gaming vendors, benefiting local non-profits. Free parking and shuttle bus transportation is available from the Health and Public Services Building off 6th Street (across from Fire Hall) on both days.

Festival highlights include a variety of live music performed on three stages throughout the festival, including OH BOY! A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Mike Hines and the Look, the Ashley Mitchell Band Trio, Flatland Drive and Vic Vacuum and The Attachments. For a complete performance schedule, visit www.carolinesummer fest.com.

On Friday, Aug. 15, a parade steps off in front of the Denton Town Office at 7 p.m. Compete for cash prizes for the best ‘50s themed costume or mini-wagon float. On site registration closes at 6:30 p.m. No vehicles are permitted.

Saturday, Aug. 16, features a fireworks launch from the bottom of Market Street at 9 p.m. Fireworks will be ushered in with the classic jazz music of the U. S. Navy Commodores bringing to life the ‘50s repertoire of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Another popular activity is KidZart!. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly free activities and crafts at the open lot off Market and Third streets under the big tent on both Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.

There also will be rides and games, face painting, sand sculpting, street performers and other activities that will keep kids and adults busy for hours. And, of course, you can also enjoy the variety of festival foods and gaming vendors, benefiting local non-profits.

Caroline Summerfest is a pet-free, wheel-free and alcohol-free event. Park your bicycle, scooters and skateboards on the bike racks located at Third and Gay streets. For more information, call 410-479-8120 or toll-free 888-SUNFEST (786-3378) or visit www.carolinesummerfest.com. Like Caroline Summerfest on Facebook for festival updates at facebook.com/carolinesummerfest.

The 2014 Caroline Summerfest media sponsors are radio sponsors 96.7 WCEI and 94.3 WINX and print sponsor The Times-Record. The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Caroline County Council of Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Tourism Development Board. The Town of Denton and Caroline County Recreation & Parks produce the event with the volunteer support of hundreds of citizens and local non-profit organizations. More than 100 area businesses support the festival through donations and in-kind gifts.

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