Arts festival closes out summer

by Becky GINOS BOUNTIFUL—Looking for something fun to end the summer and usher in fall? Bring the family and come out to the Bountiful Main Street Music and Arts Festival Sept. 8. “This was kind of my brainchild,” said Mike Murphy, president of the Bountiful Downtown Business Alliance and owner of Murphy’s Guitars. “We wanted an activity to close out the summer and bring people to Main Street. A way to give back to Bountiful.” The festival is a free annual event that will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The first time we held it, it rained like none other,” said Murphy. “We had to close it down because of all the electronic equipment. Before that it was really fun.” This year’s will be the biggest ever, he said. “We have the best lineup of music we’ve ever had. The Viewmont band will kick it off and we have the Celtic band Pladdohg. They’re playing at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage.” There are two stages that will feature music all day. The Main Stage is south of the tabernacle on 100 South and the second stage is by the Post Office. “The Spotlight Children’s Theater will be performing on the second stage,” said Murphy. Other performers include singer/songwriters Noelle Bybee, who was on the Voice, Kimberlee Knighton and Taylor Cox Leavitt. “They’re all extremely good, we’re very excited,” he said. The area will be lined with food trucks and craft vendors. “Everything takes place around the tabernacle and the Post Office,” Murphy said. “The BDAC is having their Silent Film Festival that day which is cool.” Murphy said what’s most exciting is the Children’s Art Yard. “It’ll be under the trees by the tabernacle. There will be four different art project kids can do. It’s hands-on art for kids of all ages.” The festival offers something for everyone, he said. “It’s just such a fun experience. Come on down there’s plenty to do. You won’t be disappointed.”


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