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Swing on the Square festival fun for families, students


People of all ages took full advantage of the fun at the 24th annual Swing on the Square festival in downtown San Marcos last weekend.

The festival, put on by the city of San Marcos’ Main Street Program, featured three stages full of live music, street dancing, brewing, art and more.

On Friday, guests of age were able to enjoy a beer-tasting event called the Brew Hop, while the whole family could get a feel the state’s music scene at the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame Show, featuring several notable guests such as Carolyn Martin, Mikki Daniel and Al Dressen’s Super Swing Revue.

Adam Jaramillo, criminal justice major, attended the Brew Hop and said it made him look forward to the rest of what Swing on the Square had to offer.

“Of course, this event is a nice way to kick off the weekend,” he said. “But I am also interested in getting to hear all of the music the next couple days.”

the Square was packed with food, arts and crafts and entertainment at almost every hour of the day Saturday. Starting the day off early, attendees were in for a treat from The Texan Playboys featuring Louise Rowe, John Sutler, Dexter Rowe and LJ Pritchett—to name a few.

A market was another way to enjoy the weekend and get a taste of the local culture.

Jakaiah Perkins, biology sophomore, said her favorite part of the day was the Farmer’s and Arts Market.

“All of the little booths have so many different things,” she said. “I bought a few little pieces of jewelry and I’m about to go back to see what food they have left.”

Aside from enjoying the thrill of shopping, Perkins said she appreciated the chance to support the community.

“I like that they are local businesses,” she said. “It’s important to support them because they are part of what keeps the city of San Marcos going.”

Saturday night festivities drew to a close with a swing dance competition and a street dance with Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band performing.

Viewers were in awe of the local swing dance competitors and were able to catch some great food and beer to end the long, fun-filled day.

Troy Pacheco, marketing senior, attended Saturday night’s events.

“It’s nice to see the community come together for something so fun and positive,” Pacheco said. “The Square is usually a place known for partying and clubbing. It’s nice to see an event where families can come out and students can bring their parents.”

Pacheco also said the event is a great way to showcase Texas and San Marcos culture.

“With the food, the music, and the people dancing, the atmosphere on the Square tonight is (a) fair representation for Texans and people from San Marcos in general,” he said.

Swing on the Square closed out on Sunday with a Cowboy Gospel Show and more from Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band.

There was plenty to do at Swing On the Square for students and families alike. From the bands to the food, San Martians will surely wait in earnest to see what is in store for this growing festival.