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West Orange Times & Observer Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 3 years ago

MusicFest will feature new format, artists

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This year, the annual festival was changed from a three-day event to a one-day event
by: Brittany Gaines Reporter

WINTER GARDEN The annual Winter Garden MusicFest returns to downtown Winter Garden this weekend with a few format and a plethora of artists.

In previous years, the festival lasted a full three days, however both the city and Winter Garden Heritage Foundation agreed it was time to make an adjustment.

“Moving to a one-day festival is much more manageable,” said Tanja Gerhartz, economic development director with the city. “A lot of communities and downtowns have moved from doing three-day events to a one-day event.”

But just because the festivities don’t last the entire weekend doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot going on, Gerhartz said.

“We have close to 30 different groups or musicians playing throughout the day,” she said. “Even though it’s just one day, it’s a pretty full day. There’s a lot of music on the street, there’s a lot of entertainment.”

The city is expecting to see nearly 20,000 people attend the event, which will showcase all things local, from the music to the food, Gerhartz said. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation.

MusicFest kicks off Friday, Nov. 10, with a performance by Johnny Wild and the Delights in downtown Winter Garden. On Saturday, the main stage will feature performances by Come Back Alice, The Jonnie Morgan Band, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, The Sh-Booms, Beebs and Her Money Makers and Switch.

Street performers, including Layla Brisbois, the Garden Music Chamber Trio and Nicole Equerme, will be scattered around the festival at various locations. The event will also include a stage set aside for kid-friendly shows and events, such as Pinocchio’s Marionette Theatre and art activities.

Gerhartz suggested going to check out the performance by Phantasmagoria that will include magic, sword swallowing and fire breathing.

“They’re going to be doing a street show with the fire and all of that,” she said. “(It will be) a very special treat.”

Since the event will be held on Veterans Day, Gerhartz said the men and women who served our country won’t be left out of the festivities.

“Although it is not a Veterans Day event, we are planning to recognize our veterans,” she said.

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