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Publish Date: 8/27/2005

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Standing 8feet 7 inches on stilts, Danielle Hendricks of Denver interacts with the crowd at Longmont’s Festival on Main downtown Friday evening. The event featured music by Hazel Miller on the main stage and many booths and entertain-ments. Times-Call/Joshua Buck

Main Attractions
Festival brings crowds downtown for fun


Longmont residents filled Main Street on Friday night, enjoying one of the last summer events with music, food and fun.

Children lined up to bounce for a few minutes on trampolines while harnessed with bungee cords, or to make their way through a large, inflatable obstacle course.

Kyle Lahr, 6, saw the festival being set up as he came home from school and asked his mother to take him. His first activity was going to be bouncing on the trampoline, he said.

The sixth annual Festival on Main, sponsored by the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, closed down Main Street between Third and Sixth avenues Friday night.

While adults lined up for food at restaurants and food booths along the street, the children in attendance seemed overwhelmed by their options.

Elena Michalski, 9, liked looking at “all the cool things” while McKenna Inskeep, 12, was just walking around, trying to decide what to do next, she said.

Waiting in line for her turn on an inflatable slide, 9-year-old Katie Waugaman was just starting her evening of fun. She had painted a tile for the Sandstone Ranch project, but couldn’t wait to get to the top of the slide to look over Main Street and see what else was available, she said.

Breanna Drees, 9, enjoyed “the blow-up things” and the music, she said as she, too, was waiting for the slide.

Nine-year-old Logan Inskeep, who was sporting a bright-green cast on his leg and walking with crutches, said he liked watching people practice fly-fishing, even though he couldn’t participate. A fenced-off area of Main Street provided the practice space, sans water.

The event featured music by Hazel Miller on the main stage, but she was far from the only entertainment.

Elizabeth Michalski, 12, said she liked the music provided by a windpipe-playing musician.

Fire eaters, magicians and musicians strolled the closed boulevard, stopping occasionally to put on elaborate shows.

One attraction, though, was nearly perfectly still: a “living statue” of a cowboy, dressed and made up to look as if he were made of bronze. One had to look carefully to see the man breathing.

Quite a few adults passed him by without a second glance, while many children stopped and watched his face, clearly hoping to see him move.

Even when they poked him, though, the “cowboy” stood still.

Victoria Camron can be reached at 303-684-5226, or by e-mail at vcamron@times-call.com.

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