Second Annual PampaFest returns Aug. 20

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The Second Annual PampaFest will return to Downtown Pampa on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Event Coordinator Corey Coronis said while there are a few changes being made to the layout of the event, attendees can still expect a great experience.

“We’re swapping the food trucks and the vendors to different blocks and so far we’ve 22 food-type trucks and about 60 retail vendors,” Coronis said. “What’s different this year is all of the vendors will be inside the event. We won’t have any out in front of the gates and event this year.”

Along with some Pampa food truck vendors, PampaFest will also feature food trucks from Midland, Abilene and Lubbock.

“We wanted to bring something that even Amarillo doesn’t see over there,” Coronis  said. “We want to encourage them to come over here and try something different. We do have some Pampa vendors in this to support Pampa, but we also have them from all over the state.”

The food area will also see more seating areas where patrons can enjoy their meals.

There will also be an opportunity for local musicians to play some acoustic songs before the main slate of musicians take the stage.

“We’ve got some local artists who will get up there and strum some tunes out,” Coronis said. “We have a little 8X8 riser beside the stage where we will allow them to play some music before the event and hopefully kick off around 2:30 to 3 p.m.”

This year’s event will run until midnight of that evening.

The event will also feature a vodka bar with a menu of special cocktails. Not only will there be a bar inside the main, general admission area, but also inside the VIP area for those special guests. VIP guests will also have a meet-and-greet with Cody Canada and potentially other performers.

Security at the event will be doubled and guests will only be permitted to bring clear bags inside the gates.

“Last October we signed the Starlight Ranch’s Security Team, so they are bringing 12 security guards from there and then our police officers from last year,” Coronis said. “We don’t want to hold up the crowd and mess with them. But we also want them to know we are doing everything we can to make it a completely safe environment.”

This year’s band line-up includes Ryan Culwell, Wight Lighters, Kaitlin Butts, Jamie Lin Wilson, Cody Canada and the Departed and Jason Boland and the Stragglers. Several of the bands have ties to Pampa.

Sponsorships and volunteer opportunities are available.

For more information or to buy tickets visit www.pampafest.com.

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