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1st Rock River Ballyhoo Festival kicks off at Davis Park

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ROCKFORD (WREX) - The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) presented the first ever Rock River Ballyhoo Festival on Saturday at Davis Park.

The family-friendly event featured kids activities, live music, food vendors, a beer garden and a car show. Tickets were only $5 for adults and kids entered for free.

The Kids Zone included inflatables, Atwood Park's "Birds of Prey" exhibit and pony rides. All kids' activities ended around 4 p.m.

Live music continues to serenade downtown until 9 p.m. The headliners are Kevin Purcell and the Nightburners, The Sensations, Recently Paroled, The Hoodoo Rhythm Kings and Dan Phelps.

Food vendors included Buddy's Burgers, Big Papa's Barbeque, Fork and Stein Food Truck, Papa John's, D&A Concessions and OLE Salty's.

Jack Cadwell Productions also hosted a car show during the event.

The Ballyhoo festival goes till 9 p.m. Saturday evening. 

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