TEMPLE — The ninth year of the Temple Bloomin’ Festival is pulling out all the stops, packing two days full of professional artists and local bands and ensembles expected to draw 15,000 today and Saturday to Seventh Street and Avenue A downtown.
“We really feel like (the festival) is supporting downtown Temple and this area,” said Caroline Gallogly with Town Square Media, which is organizing the festival with the Temple Chamber of Commerce.
Not only will Temple and Belton businesses be at the festival, but Gallogly said businesses from Houston, Dallas and San Antonio that travel festival circuits also will attend.
While the chamber is still highly involved in this Temple tradition, the partnership with Town Square Media allowed the festival to expand musically and bring in new artists.
“We inherited a solid festival already,” Gallogly said. “It let us expand because we know we have great support from the community.”
One of the changes at this year’s Bloomin’ Fest is the musical schedule for the two days. In the past, Tejano artists performed Friday while country music dominated Saturday night. This year, both stages will be active throughout the festival, featuring country and Tejano artists both days.
The country stage will feature headliners Kirk Baxter at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Kyle Park at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Kevin Fowler at 10:30 p.m. today on the main stage.
Other country artists lined up for the festival include Bri Bagwell, Bart Crow, John Slaughter, Josh Grider and Curtis Grimes.
The Tejano stage will feature Jay “The Voice” Perez at 10:30 p.m. today and David Lee Garza at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday.
During the day, the Tejano stage will feature the Temple area’s local middle schools at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Temple High School Orchestra at 10:30.
Also performing will be the Bonham and Travis Middle School Jazz bands at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively.
Other activities at the festival will include the annual car show, this year adding motorcycles. The awards ceremony will take place at the Tejano stage at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The festival will include business vendors and other activities for kids, arts and crafts and food. Also new this year, there will be a dodgeball tournament, which will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, just in case the music wasn’t exciting enough.
“The festival is really a positive experience,” Gallogly said. “It’s a win/win for everyone.”
For more information on Bloomin’ Fest activities, call 254-773-5252 or go to bloomintemple.com.