26th annual Marfa Lights Festival begins Friday with parade
MARFA – Get ready to dance, get your fill of food, and yes, even race in a soap box derby. The 26th annual Marfa Lights Festival is back. Hosted by the Marfa Chamber of Commerce, the annual event that brings Marfa alumni and newcomers together begins Friday, August 31 with a parade and Marfa Shorthorn pep rally at 5:30 pm on Highland Avenue.
The festival continues through Sunday, September 2.
Folks can look forward to live entertainment each day, crafts, a pie-baking contest and much, much more.
Music events include the Andy Schneider Trio at 6 pm on Friday and Issac Avila y Sus Camaradas at 8 pm Friday night.
A 5k walk and run will take place at 8 am on Saturday, folks can register at 7 am at the Chamber booth to participate. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each age division.
Later in the day people can congregate back at the Presidio County courthouse to listen to the music of Ray Freese at 1 pm, followed by a marshmallow eating competition at 2 pm. At 3 pm there will be a traditional hula dance on the courthouse lawn. Don’t forget to bring your best pie to the Chamber booth by 3 to enter the pie-baking contest.
The Dry Creek Diggers perform at 4:30 pm, followed by a dog show at 6:30 pm. More music continues with the famous Moondogs at 7:30 pm and Acuario 90 at 9 pm.
Sunday’s highlights include a music performances by Judge Paul Hunt’s Honourable Trio and the Mystic Gitanas dance troupe at 2 pm.
The first ever soap box derby takes place at 3 pm. Racers and spectators can rest afterwards by watching the Ballet Folklorico perform on the courthouse lawn.
Capping off the festivities is a good old jam session. All musicians are invited to bring their instruments and participate.
A detailed schedule of events can be seen at the Chamber’s website at www.marfacc.com. For more information, call the Marfa Chamber of Commerce at 432.729.4942.
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