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May 18, 2011

Cleburne Springfest returns Saturday for one-day festival

Cleburne — Although Springfest is officially Saturday, a carnival will be set up in Market Square beginning Thursday.

This year’s event returns to downtown Cleburne, with the center hub for activities around the Johnson County Courthouse. Activities will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ron Lindsey takes the reins this year as the president of Downtown Cleburne Association, the organization which hosts the event annually. Sponsors include the Liberty Hotel and Caddo Street Grill.

“The goal is to get people downtown,” he said. “That’s what the DCA is really about, just getting people down here. Really what we’re trying to do is revitalize downtown.

“People say they like the downtown area. New businesses have come into downtown, and we want people to come back and see that downtown Cleburne is coming back alive.”

Lindsey anticipates about 80-plus vendors to be set up for the day. The booths will include various food, church,  and social organizations and others such as jewelry and clothing.

“More and more are coming every day,” he said.

Arts, crafts, gifts and information booths are available for $50, and food booths are available at $125 for nonprofit organizations and $225 for commercial. Both food booths include a health permit.

For information or for a vendor application, visit www.cleburnedowntownassociation.com.

Music and other activities will be held in the parking lot of Wright Plaza.

“The music will actually go all day,” he said. “We’re going to have a DJ there, and he’ll keep the music pumping the whole time. There will be some live bands.”

Lindsey hopes that this year will be a stepping stone to growing Springfest.

“I think right now, especially seeing what the activity is right here, we start in June planning it for next year and just do it right, I think we can grow it and make it big again,” he said.

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