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OLD FALLS STREET BECKONS AS CITY'S FIRST SUMMERFEST GETS UNDER WAY

Old Falls Street between the Wintergarden and the Convention and Civic Center will be the centerpiece for the first Falls Street Summerfest that kicked off this afternoon.

The five-day event will feature a carnival midway operated by Fun City Shows, according to Judie Takacs, spokeswoman for the Festival of Lights, which is sponsoring the new festival. The rides and games will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily.

The Festival of Lights "World of Animation" will be open every day of the Summerfest, on the second floor of the Rainbow Centre Factory Outlet Mall.

Other attractions, however, will be unique to Summerfest. They include performances from 1 to 6 p.m. daily by Jeremy's World of Reptiles. The snakes will be under the Convention Center arch Saturday, on Old Falls Street Sunday and July 29, and in the Wintergarden July 28.

Also on the schedule:

Saturday -- Hershey's Kiss Mobile, 3 to 7 p.m., Convention Center Archway; 6 p.m., performance by Janelle Dunstan's Dance Academy, E. Dent Lackey Plaza.

Sunday -- Giant flea market organized by the Lewiston Kiwanis Club, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Convention Center parking lot; concert by David Kane's "Them Jazzbeards," 8 p.m., Lackey Plaza.

Monday -- Olde Falls Street Reunion, 6 to 11 p.m., Wintergarden, including the "Falling in Love on Falls Street" contest, 7 p.m. Ms. Takacs said participants will dance and be entertained in the style of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The contest invites participants to recount their local love stories. Period attire is encouraged.

Tuesday -- Concert by U.S. Air Force band "Tops in Blue," 7:30 p.m., Convention Center.

Organizers are hoping to draw crowds of 5,000 to 6,000 people each day.

Also, Festival of Lights chairman Jerald I. Wolfgang announced that Damon and Heather De Castro of Lewiston will serve as chairmen of the annual Festival of Lights Variety Auction Sept. 19 in the Convention Center.

The auction is the festival's largest fund-raiser. Mrs. De Castro is a public relations consultant and president of the Lewiston-Porter School Board; her husband is an attorney.

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