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Shorewood Crossroads Fest starts Friday

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:42 p.m. CDT

SHOREWOOD – The 38th Annual Crossroads Fest in Shorewood kicks off Friday and will feature more food vendors and a few other changes.

The festival runs through Sunday at Cene's Four Seasons Park off West Seil Road.

Crossroads Fest starts at 4 p.m. Friday and lasts until midnight. The fest is open Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday hours are from noon to 6 p.m.

"It's going to be huge this year," Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce President Kim Lamansky said. The chamber of commerce is holding the event with the help of the Village of Shorewood.

A few changes this year includes relocating the family center next to the entertainment beer tent.

"That's going to be a great fit," Lamansky said. "Now moms and dads can keep an eye on their children while they have fun, too."

On Friday, Crossroads Fest will start with a private park experience for special needs individuals and their families from 1 to 3 p.m. They will have access to the park and carnival rides. Participants must register in advance. They can do so at www.crossroadsfest.com.

The entertainment tent and several other areas of Cene's Four Seasons Park will host bands, crafts and arts, food and carnival rides.

Festival staff are selling $25 unlimited carnival ride wristbands from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

But the main draws are the cover bands that play each night.

Friday's lineup starts with Cover Story from 5 to 8 p.m. and Libido Funk Circus from 9 p.m. to midnight. Saturday features Strung Out from 5 to 9 p.m. followed by village fireworks and community favorite ARRA.

"We've got headliner band ARRA and that's always big," Lamansky said. "We're expecting more than 2,000 people hearing the band Saturday night."

A 5K race will kick off Saturday morning events with the free Kids Zone section and a craft and vendor expo.

Sunday is country-themed day with a parade starting at noon on Earl Road and Geneva Street. A car show, bingo and the band Back Country Roads will finish the final leg of the festival.

"This festival is not only for Shorewood people and businesses," Lamansky said. "We bring in people from the surrounding areas too."

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