With new entertainment, new vendors and a new theme, Aiken's Makin' a Change, the Aiken's Makin' festival will cater to a variety of tastes.
The 28th annual festival will be held in the parkways between Chesterfield and Union streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
"We just felt like this was the year to make a change; we had a window of opportunity and wanted to go ahead and try it," said Karen Brazeal, the special-projects director for the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, which presents the event.
In addition to 300 vendors with mostly handmade arts and crafts, the festival also will have Community Row, featuring representatives from nonprofit programs, Ms. Brazeal said.
With the exception of dancers from Burns Dance Studio, all the entertainment is new, Ms. Brazeal said.
Performers will include Kenny George and Friends, Elvis impersonator Jason Sikes, Eddie Bush with a 9-11 tribute, bands, singers and the Kazoobie Man, who will form a kazoo band on stage made of children and adults from the audience.
Another change is a designated dropoff and pickup site on Fairfield Street for seniors and people with special needs or with strollers.
"We'll have all kinds of food, from ice cream to gyros, to funnel cakes and blooming onions, and we've got everything from Christian music to stuff we think teens will love," Ms. Brazeal said. "It's a super family event, the whole family can come and can sit under trees at Gyles park."
Reach C. Samantha McKevie at (706) 823-3552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Aiken's Makin' arts, crafts and entertainment festival
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Downtown Aiken in parkways between Chesterfield to Union Streets
PHONE: (803) 641-1111
Union/Park Stage at Gyles Park
9:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony
10:30 a.m.: Vocalist Tina Raines
11:15 a.m.: Steve Littlefield - Millbrook Baptist Church minister of music and worship
Noon: The Aiken Palmetto Ballroom
1 p.m.: Elvis Impersonator Jason Sikes
2:15 p.m.: Aiken Awakening Praise Band
3 p.m.: To be announced
4 p.m.: Annie Get Your Gun, sponsored by The Kidney Benefit
4:20 p.m.: Twin Dragons Karate
5 p.m.: Corelli String Quartet
Union/Park Main Stage at Gyles Park
9:30 a.m.: The Kazoobie Show
10:45 a.m.: Master's Voice, Southern gospel quartet
11:30 a.m.: Eddie Bush, Tribute to September 11, "Spirit of America"
Noon: Lo Down Brown
12:45 p.m.: Tribute to Patsy Cline, University of South Carolina Aiken
1 p.m.: Brooke Lundy Reily and Gavin Reily, the Lives of Reily
1:30 p.m.: Moonlighters
2 p.m.: Heart Throbs - Aiken Women's Heart Benefit
2:45 p.m.: The Kazoobie Man
4 p.m.: Eddie Bush, country music
5:15 p.m.: Swingsation
6 p.m.: Kenny George & Friends