Auburn CityFest

Ice cream is one of the many treats to be had at CityFest

Auburn’s largest free outdoor festival returns for another year as the 19th annual Auburn CityFest is set to take place on Saturday at Kiesel Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s theme of Take Flight will take center stage. The headlining entertainment will be provided by The Skyriders, a group of Olympics and world-champion trampoline acrobats. The Skyriders will perform death-defying stunts to entertain the whole family, and will perform at 10 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m.

“We just thought it was a cool way to incorporate all kinds of different flight-inspired things,” said Ann Bergman, co-coordinator of CityFest and the Public Relations Specialist for the city of Auburn’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Musical entertainment will include Cloudland, a four-piece alternative rock band from Georgia; Ben Hodge, a 21-year-old Auburn musician; and the Auburn Community Orchestra.

CityFest favorites will be back, like Lew-E the clown, juggler and comedian Adam Lowe and Jubilee Farms, which will provide pony rides for children. The ArtFest tent will provide face painting and arts and crafts for kids and families.

CityFest is one of the largest events in Auburn, and with clear skies being forecast for Saturday, Bergman expects a big turnout.

“I think a beautiful day like Saturday, we’ll probably have at least 12,000 folks show up,” she said.

CityFest boasts over 30 food vendors, various participating nonprofit organizations and over 100 arts and crafts vendors that will be selling hand-crafted, homemade and local crafts of all kinds.

An event of this size takes months of planning, something Bergman knows well.

“It really does take a village to make CityFest. We start looking at CityFest in August and we start to get arts and crafts applications, our food vendor applications, our nonprofit applications, we begin to retain our sponsors and get new sponsors,” she said. “It takes a lot of planning and manpower.”

Admission and parking for the event are free and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs in order to set up a picnic area. Dogs are also permitted as long as they are on a leash. For more information on the event, visit auburncityfest.com.

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