Get ready to shake it up: Winters Earthquake Festival is Friday

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Summer is just about over when Winters’ downtown Main Street fills up at the end of August, and the community gathers to enjoy plenty of food, friends and free entertainment.

It’s the Earthquake Street Festival, one of the biggest events of the year in Winters, and this year’s street party starts shaking it up at 5 p.m. Friday.

Kicking off this year’s festival once again is the city of Winters after-school program at 5 p.m. with free children’s activities such as Hula Hoop and limbo competitions, and with prizes for the winners. At 5:45 p.m., the festival will adopt a Native American rhythm as the Kalpulli Xihuacoatl Aztec dancers take center stage.

At 6:15 p.m., local musicians Joey Sanders, Nick Hawley and Carlos Figueroa, known collectively as the band “Egg,” will play classic and progressive rock and blues, followed by Los Charros Los Caporales at 6:45 p.m.

Los Charros Los Caporales will bring authentic ballet folklorico and lariat performances, as well as live mariachi music. The group is a Youth Day parade favorite, led by former Winters resident Abdon Loza. Featuring traditional dancing and lariat performances from several regions of Mexico, the group aims to continue Mexican traditions and heritage.

Winters Has Talent has become a highlight of the Earthquake Street Festival, and in this third annual event, singers Stormi Norfolk, Christyna Lopez and Tessa Rawlinson, as well as ukulele player Linda Schroeder, will take on defending champion Allie Griffey for top talent honors.

Following Winters Has Talent is the main attraction — a street dance with the Time Bandits, known for their big, brassy sound and classic rock and R&B hits. Booties will start shaking on the asphalt dance floor at 8 p.m., right up to the end of the festival at 11 p.m.

While nonstop entertainment unfolds at one end of the block, the rest will be filled with a variety of food, crafts booths and children’s activities and bounce houses, as well as one of the main draws, the ever-popular Chamber of Commerce beer booth.

Beyond Main Street, many local businesses and restaurants will have special items and activities offered for the hundreds of people who head downtown to send summer off in style.

The Earthquake Street Festival is sponsored by the Winters Chamber of Commerce, and is the Chamber’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

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