PHOENIXVILLE - The Historic District of Downtown Phoenixville will be hosting its 10th Annual F.A.M.E. Festival on Saturday, June 5, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This all-day outdoor festival will feature Food, Arts, Music and Entertainment (F.A.M.E.) and will end with the traditional Kiwanis Duck Race. It promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family.

The festival opens at 10 a.m. with more than 60 vendors lining up along Bridge Street, including a craft show along the 200 block of Bridge Street.

Two stages will be set up outside and will play host to a wide variety of music and entertainment throughout the day. On the Main Stage, bands will include Hydrogen Jukebox, Calvin Weston's Big Tree, and Backflip Annie. On the Community Stage, along Bank Street, entertainment includes a puppet-making workshop, as well as the participation mural. In the Mill Street parking lot will be a Kid's Korner Free Moon Bounce, an obstacle course, and various games.

The Colonial Theatre will be hosting free cartoon classics from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Both the Farmers Market and the Strawberry Festival will start at 10 a.m. The Farmers Market will be in the Foundry parking lot, while the Strawberry Festival will be along Main & Church Streets.

A Chester County Rib Cook-Off will be held at 3 p.m. in the Main Stay Inn parking lot. Participating restaurants include Smoken Dudes Smokehouse from Croyden, Pa., Bridgeport Rib House from Bridgeport, Pa., Squeels On Wheels from Delaware, and Phoenixville's own Dan's Sports Pub. Guest judges include Mark "Bigg Daddy" Smith from Bigg Daddy's Rhythm & Ribz, 102.9 WMGK's John DeBella, Main Street Manager Barry Cassidy, and The Phoenix's Dennis J. Wright.

Kildare's Irish Pub of West Chester will be hosting a Beer Garden in the Main Stay Inn parking lot as well.

The Kiwanis' Great Duck Race will begin at 5 p.m. at the High Bridge.

Local merchants and restaurants on Bridge Street will also be open that day. F.A.M.E. is sponsored by the Phoenixville Main Street Program, a volunteer-based non-profit organization committed to revitalizing the downtown and supporting local businesses. F.A.M.E. is also made possible by generous donations from the Borough of Phoenixville and the Kiwanis.

Check out www.mainstreetphoenixville.org/fame for updates.

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