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Pictured is the One Man Band, a returning roving act for this year's Historic Morganton Festival.

The Historic Morganton Festival’s KidZone is a fun filled area on North Green Street, which features rides, face-painting and hands on crafts.

The TeenZone area features a variety of interactive inflatables including the Volcano Rock Climbing Wall, Wild West Mechanical Bull, Full Court Press Basketball Toss, Water Tag and much more.

The festival kicks off on Friday from noon until 11 p.m. with rides opening at 2 p.m, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Rides and pricing

TeenZone Rides and KidZone Rides open Friday at 2 p.m. Students who wear their school’s T-shirt will ride for free from 2-5 p.m. After 5 p.m. on Friday and all day Saturday, tickets will be sold at $1 for one ticket, $10 for 14 tickets or $20 for 30 tickets. Each ride takes between three and five tickets.

Roving acts

This year at the Historic Morganton Festival, attendees will enjoy professional performers wandering throughout the festival crowds and wooing audiences of all ages. The One Man Band is back to stun the crowds with his musical talents. Picture the opening of “Mary Poppins” with Dick Van Dyke as the One Man Band, except playing classic rock, country and pop songs most people know and love. The One Man Band creates a “musical illusion,” playing 9.1 instruments all attached to his body at once.

Folks also can catch the acrobatic wonders that make up the Asheville Aerial Arts performers. It’ll be something no one will want to miss.

Festivalgoers should be sure to stop by the Litter Critters area in the KidZone, a fun, free, hands-on crafts space for fifth-graders and younger. This year’s art activity is newspaper hats. Litter Critters will be running Friday evening and all day Saturday.

More music and novelty acts are scheduled throughout the weekend. Hundreds of craft and food vendors also will be spread amongst the streets of downtown Morganton.

There is no admission fee to the event. The festival is an animal-free event. For more information, call 828/438-5252 or visit morgantonfest.org.

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