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October 13th, 2008
Kyle prepares for birthday celebration

STAFF REPORT

KYLE – It’s getting to that time of year when Kyle celebrates its birthday and, as the town grows, so grows the celebration.

The celebration has grown so much in recent years that the city has moved it away from the town square on Center Street to the much larger expanses of Gregg-Clarke Park, where the formerly named Fair on the Square became the Kyle Fair and Music Festival in 2006.

The fair will take place this weekend, Oct. 17-19, observing the city’s 128th birthday. The event could draw 20,000 or more over its three-day run, which will kick into its highest gear on Saturday, Oct. 18.

“The event has always been the Kyle Fair,” said Kerry Urbanowicz, Kyle Parks and Recreation Department Director. “The ‘on the Square’ part was added to help with the marketing. We’re looking forward to bringing our tradition to a new level while keeping all the activities you’ve enjoyed in the past as part of the festival.”

The Saturday morning parade is always a highlight as it winds down Center Street with more and more entries every year. This year’s procession will start at 10 a.m., progressing from City Square Park to Gregg-Clarke Park.

The parade can be viewed from any point on Center Street from Burleson Street to Gregg-Clarke Park. However, the parade will bring about key road closures that will make getting around a little more difficult than usual.

Center Street will be closed between Front Street and Stagecoach Road starting at 9:45 a.m. on Oct. 18. That means each side of Center Street will be barricaded from Front Street to Cisneros Street.

Westbound traffic heading into town from the direction of Interstate-35 will be detoured onto North Front Street north of downtown and continue with a left onto Blanco Street. From there, traffic can get enter Burleson Street or continue on Blanco to West FM 150 (Rebel Drive). Eastbound traffic approaching downtown from Rebel Drive will be detoured to Blanco Street to connect with Burleson Street or Front Street for access to IH-35.

All the roads will be re-opened at the end of the parade, which should occur at around 11 a.m.

However, Gregg Drive between the Kyle Post Office and Wallace Middle School will be closed Oct. 17-18, as will Gregg-Clarke Road through the park.

National recording artist Aaron Watson headlines the music and dancing portion of the festival, with Kyle Park, Ryan Turner, Matt Martindale, Ricky Calmback, Texas Renegade, Ram Herrera, LA Blues Band, and Matt Skinner filling in the schedule.

Also on tap will be a carnival, Texas Hold’em Tournament, BBQ Cook Off, and the Kyle-O-Meter 5K Run.

For more information, visit the kylefair.com or call Kyle Parks and Recreation at (512) 262-3939.

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