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Keney Park Family Day Festival this Weekend


Over 65,000 people are expected to attend the 13th Annual Keney Park Family Day Festival this weekend, August 15 and 16 (rain date: August 22 and 23). The festival, which begins at 10 am each day, is sponsored by the Friends of Keney Park.

This year's festival will be highlighted by performances from a wide array of local Jazz, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel acts from 12-7 pm each day. On Saturday, Tony Harrington & Touch, Crucial Massive, Carol, Redbone, People of Goodwill, Lance James Project, Just Us, ABISS and the Artists Collective will perform. Sunday's schedule includes Connections, Barbara Brison, Lift Every Voice & Sing, Motivators, Gethsemane Baptist Church, Angels on Assignment, Sam Patterson and Ghea & Steadwell. Radio station 910 JAMZ-FM will broadcast live from the festival and hold contests and give away CD's.

Off the stage there will plenty of activities for people of all ages, including paddle boating on the park pond, swimming, pony rides, a fishing derby, horseshoe, softball and basketball tournaments, the "super bouncer," train rides, a petting zoo, free balloons and face painting.

Over 30 vendors have signed up to display their wares this year, including food, arts and crafts items, jewelry, literature and clothing. On a more serious note, the festival will offer free health screenings for cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes and the Hartford Fire Department will once again have their Fire Escape Trailer on hand to teach children how to escape from a burning building.

This year's festival is dedicated to the memory of Evelyn Howard Ball, a former member of the Friends of Keney Park Board of Directors.
For more information on the festival or to volunteer, call 722-6567 or e-mail to

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