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Johnson City to celebrate 15th annual Blue Plum Festival

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The Blue Plum, the Tri Cities largest free, three day festival is gearing up for a wonderful weekend and is celebrating its 15th year.

Music, arts and crafts, a fast 5K, bicycle criterium, activities for kids of all ages, storytelling, craft beer tent and so much more will happen during the festival held in downtown Johnson City on June 6, 7 and 8.

EVENTS/ENTERTAINMENT:

This year's festival will feature three stages: the Fountain Square Stage, the Southern Stage and the Jazz Stage.

The Fountain Square Stage will offer wonderful Americana music by David Bromberg Band and Humming House on Friday night and Bill Kirchen Band and Jeff Austin Band on Saturday night.

Musicians featured on the Southern Stage include Squash Blossoms, Malcolm Holcombe and Josh Oliver.

Sending out smooth jazz music from the Jazz Stage, sponsored by ETSU, is Moment's Notice, Rich Willey and The Carolina Jazz Quartet and featuring local fan favorites, Greyscale from ETSU and the New York All-Stars with The Jazz Doctors.

The Blue Plum Revival stage will feature local acts on Sunday. All artists and the scheduled times are listed on the website, www.blueplum.org

Several new events are being added to the Festival in celebration of the 15th Anniversary. On Saturday, we will celebrate one of the region's gems, the ETSU Storytelling Program will bring artists to the Majestic Stage to tell tall tales and spin yarns. Storytelling runs from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Also new for 2014, is the Blue Hop Brew-HaHa on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This event is for Craft Beer lovers and is already sold out!

Popular events returning to the festival include the Blue Plum Fast 5K Run/Walk called Dress Up for Downtown, where folks will be encouraged to wear their most creative interpretation of formal and prom running fashions.

This new course begins downtown at the Lady of the Fountain; it will get your heart pumping on an early, smooth incline before tuning on to the Tree Streets and ending back at the Fountain Square. Online registration is available on the website.

Runners and walkers don your tutus, tuxes and ballgowns there will be prizes for the best formal attire.

The Blue Plum Playhouse, where kids and their parents will have an opportunity for free fun play is open during the day on Friday from 11-3 and Saturday, 11-4 pm.

The Playhouse, in Munsey Church's parking lot, is outside the alcohol zone and provides lots of activity for preschool and elementary aged children.

Urban Art Throw Down, now in its 4th year, featuring amazing artwork by aerosol graffiti artists will be on Roan Street and the Animation Festival gives you a chance to sit indoors and enjoy some great short features.

Arts and Craft booths will line Main and Roan Streets, some wonderful and unique artists are scheduled.

The Food Court is a foodies delight! The Food Court coordinator looks for unique festival food and this year will be bringing in items such as bacon pops, smoked Gouda mac n'cheese, veggie kabobs, Hungarian sausage and delectable ice cream sandwiches. Of course, all your favorite festival food will be there as well.

Festivities continue on Sunday with the Omnium Criterium Bike Race sponsored by Franklin Woods Community Hospital, with amateur categories beginning at 8 am the professional race is at 2:30 pm. Music, food court and arts and crafts will still be available during the bike race.

The above information was provided by Friends of Olde Downtowne.

SECURITY:

With thousands of people in the downtown Johnson City area, Johnson City Police Department said they will be beefing up safety measures over the weekend.

JCPD said around 20 officers will be conducting foot and bike patrols each day of the festival.

PARKING:

Road closures will be enforced throughout the duration of the festival.

The streets that will be closed until Sunday include Buffalo, Main, Market, Tipton and Spring streets, as well as Colonial Way.

The roads are scheduled to re-open at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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