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Spring Grand Avenue Festival will honor local high school students

Fourteen local “Rising Stars” from area high schools will be recognized at Sunday’s Spring Grand Avenue Festival at 10 a.m. at Maple Street Plaza.
The high achieving students are Jorge Soberanis of Escondido High School; Elba Morales, Escondido High School; Karely Amaya Rios, Orange Glen High School; Erik Cisneros Arellano, Orange Glen High School, Sarah Reyes Luna, San Pasqual High School, Sydney Pollard, San Pasqual High School; Reignmarc Lariosa, Del Lago Academy; Joseline Sanchez, Del Lago Academy; Rusbelia Beltran Dominguez, Valley High School; Elian Gaona, Valley High School; Sophia Mittman, Classical Academy; Mackenzie Zorn, Classical Academy; Victor Torres, Escondido Charter High School; and Michael Megna, Escondido Charter High School.
The Spring Grand Ave Festival on Sunday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association, will be brimming with local entertainment on two stages featuring talent from professional and not for profit studios as well as high school and elementary performing arts students.
Some of the acts include Georgia’s School of Dance, Escondido High School Show Choir and Dance Team, Patio Playhouse and the San Pasqual 8 Ball Band. A complete list of entertainment is available at escondidochamber.org/grand-avenue-festival/
“We like to showcase local talent at the Grand Ave Festival. Stage time is in high demand, thus the addition of a second stage on the lawn of Chase Bank at the corner of Grand Ave and Orange,” said Chamber CEO Rorie Johnston.
The talent acts are chosen by committee members and are selected from the submission forms which are available at escondidochamber.org/grand-avenue-festival/. Local groups are encouraged to submit their acts for the May and October Grand Ave Festival.
Here’s a schedule of some of the performances that are concentrated in two intersections with Grand Avenue.

MAPLE Street Plaza

9:30 Ignite Dance
10 Rising Star Scholarship Awards
10:30 Kalu Hailu
11 Patio Playhouse
11:30 Off Broadway
12 East West MMA
12:30 Folklorica
1:00 Georgia’s School of Dance
2:00 Escondido HS Show Choir
2:30 Escondido HS Dance
3:00 The Sunny Side Strings
3:30-5 Fashion Jackson

Near Chase Bank

10:00 The Oriental Gems
11 Guest Room
12:00 Patio Playhouse
12:30 Chase the Entertainer
1 San Pasqual HS 8 Ball Band with Cali Smith
2 Morning Yells
3:00 Alex Finazzo
3:30-5 Los Pacheco Brothers

Additional entertainment can also be enjoyed in the “Art Alley” at the corner of Juniper and Grand. The Escondido Arts Partnership will have activities for kids and adults as well as coffee shop style acoustic musicians.
The street faire is one of the largest events in Escondido. You could spend the entire day walking up and down the 12 city blocks and not see the same thing twice. It’s also a great day to discover a new business on Historic Grand Ave, from Hawaiian Poke to unique house hold goods and gifts. Grand Avenue, from Centre City to Juniper will be filled with hundreds of vendors, many of which have been participating in the Escondido Street Fair for the past 28 years.
The Grand Ave Festival and Street Fair takes place twice a year on the third Sunday of May and October from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has been a family tradition since 1989.
The Times-Advocate will be the Chamber’s premier news partner in this event. The Times-Advocate will have a vendor space near Orange & Grand. Stop by and pick up a free paper or sign up for a subscription. There will also be some free chocolates and other goodies if you pick the right time to drop by.
For up to date information visit escondidochamber.org/Grand-Avenue-Festival.

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