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Sumter/Shaw Street Fest 2010

Release Number: 020910

Airmen from Shaw will bring some of the tools of their trade into downtown Sumter from 5:30 to 10 p.m., September 24 for the 9th Annual Sumter-Shaw Street Fest on Main Street.

"Y'all come!" is the invitation from organizers of the base's participation. "This is the only time of the year that we bring people and equipment from the base downtown for our great Sumter neighbors to come take a look at, ask questions about, and shake some hands," a base spokesman said.

The city is inviting food and beverage vendors. There will two 80's bands, Mighty McFly and All Night Long rotating throughout the night.

Airmen will display fire-fighting equipment, bomb disposal robots, military vehicles, inert training weapons that Shaw's F-16 Falcons might employ in combat, combat weather technology, security forces equipment, offer health information, and much, much more.

Shaw's newest tenant, Third Army, will offer a display attended by several Soldiers.

There will also be a free children's area with rides, face painting and many other fun events for the kids.

The annual expo is a product of the partnership between Sumter and Shaw. This is Sumter's way of showing appreciation for the men and women stationed at Shaw, said Misty Hatfield, Shaw's 20th Force Support Squadron marketing director.

Parking will be in the rear of the Sumter Opera House Main Street, or south of Hampton St. in the parking lots between Harvin and Sumter Streets and Main.

Approximately 3,500 to 4,000 people are expected to attend the celebration, according to Hatfield.

Officials have asked the public to not bring coolers, but are allowing folding chairs if needed. Several blocks of Main will be closed for the evening.

Visit http://www.sumter-sc.com/VisitingUs/Festivals_Streetfest.aspx for more information!
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Contact Airman 1st Class Alexandria Mosness with questions or for more information at 803-895-2019.