Family Treats at Downtown Plano Feast-ival

The 2013 Downtown Plano Feast-ival will take place on October 26, in Historic Downtown Plano. The free family-friendly event is known for hosting local and up-and-coming musical talent, food from a number of top area restaurants with offerings reflective of the region, artisans from around North Texas and a day filled with family fun.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the IncREDible Heart 5K Run and one-mile Fun/Run to raise money and awareness of undiagnosed heart issues in teens. The opening of the Feast-ival follows the run with live entertainment throughout the day, including headliner Sara Beth, a native of Texas and one of the most respected pop country songwriters in Nashville. Other entertainers include Drayter (hard rock), the Matthew Erwin Band (Top 40), the Matthew Davidson Band (pop) and Rhythm and Roses (country).

In addition to live music throughout the day, activities include a vintage car show and booths of merchandise and food from area restaurants representing regional favorites including pizza, Mexican, German, BBQ, burgers, turkey legs, fried chicken and shaved ice. For the little ones, there’s a Kids’ Zone with games and activities that include inflatables, a magician, balloon artists, face painting, lawn bowling and crafts. A fire truck pull, benefitting the Special Olympics, is open to teams of 12, with awards for the fastest team pull and most money raised.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the second annual Great Pumpkin Race will be open to individuals, families and organizations. Using a real pumpkin for decoration and powered only by gravity, the race has become a family favorite. Prizes will be awarded for first and second place, Most Creative, Most Boo-tiful and Best Team Spirit.

Feast-ival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Assistance Center of Collin County, which fights homelessness, hunger and poverty and seeks to protect our entire community.

Location: 1000 E. 15th St. (between Ave. I and Ave. K), Plano. For more information, visit DowntownPlano.com.

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