SpringFest is back and better than ever, organizers said.

The annual tradition of a downtown festival began back in the 1990s and has transitioned several times over the years before being completely shut down because of the pandemic.

This year, the Historic Downtown Cleburne Association has thrown all their efforts into bringing SpringFest back to downtown and have a full slate of activities planned for all ages.

“Everybody that we’ve talked to all say, ‘SpringFest, I loved that!’” HDCA President Melissa Bennett said. “It is a great family activity. All the entertainment’s free. We tried to make it very community oriented.”

On Friday, the Buddy Whittington Band will perform a free outdoor concert from 7-10 p.m. at the Wright Plaza. Bring lawn chairs and take your chance riding a mechanical bull. Food trucks will have refreshments available for purchase.

On Saturday, over 50 vendors will be set up around the Johnson County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

“The vendors that are going to be around the courthouse, we juried them so we would have unique and interesting items,” Bennett said.

Entertainment throughout the day include:

• 11 a.m. to noon — Wonderland Dance Academy

• Noon to 1 p.m. — Texas High School

• 1-2:30 p.m. — Wives & Lovers

• 2:30-4 p.m. — Rhythmators

• 4-5:30 p.m. — Marshall McFerrin Folk Trio

• 5:30-7 p.m. — Kristyn Harris

In addition, seven food trucks will be set up on Wardville Street between Layland Museum and Colonial Savings.

A bounce house sponsored by First United Methodist Church Cleburne will be set up on the Burger Bar parking lot, and kids games sponsored by Inklyne Realty will also be on that lot.

Also bring the kids by the petting zoo on the county parking lot at the corner of Chambers and Caddo streets, with a wildlife exhibit close by on the county parking lot in the 100 block of South Main Street.

“The petting zoo is going to be big,” Bennett said.

A car show and a touch-a-truck contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the parking lots in front of First Baptist Church. Be sure to stop by and see the Dukes of Hazzard Car.

Layland Museum is also hosting a Duckie Draw from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 201 Caddo St.

“Come enjoy downtown,” Bennett said. “We’re going to give away goodie bags with coupons in them to be used at a later time. This is going to be an annual event so we’ll do it again next year.”

For information, visit the SpringFest in Cleburne, Texas 2022 event on Facebook.

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