A crowd came out to Arlington’s Legion Park for a free Aaron Crawford concert and to enjoy family activities at the Downtown Arlington Summer Kickoff.
The event on June 28 was organized by the Downtown Arlington Business Association. This is the first year that they have organized a concert for the downtown to start off the summer season.
“This is just to show the support of the businesses down here for the community. The city does their concert series so we just wanted to give a big one to kick it off and bring more attention to the downtown,” said Lisa Cisneros, DABA president.
DABA brought in nationally-known country music artist Aaron Crawford for the event this year.
They also brought in face painting, giant yard games, a cookie station, a mechanical bull, food trucks, a beer garden, and other food vendors as part of the event.
“There’s lot’s of fun stuff here,” said Cisneros.
Many families came down because they were excited about the country music concert.
“We’re very into the community. We usually go up to Terrace Park but when we found out that Crawford is coming here we were like ‘yes, let’s stop by for the night,’” said local parent Adam Storey.
Storey has been to the Terrace Park music series in the past, and enjoyed seeing one held in the downtown.
“I think it’s great that they brought it here downtown where the extra businesses can prosper, plus it’s also easier to get in and out of,” he said.
Local parent Samantha Mullis also said she was enjoying the event with her family.
“It’s awesome, I love it,” she said. “I like the free country music.”
Cisneros said that the event came together well.
“I’m so happy about the turnout. There were a lot of people expressing interest in coming but we were worried about the weather, but it’s worked out and we have a good turnout,” she said.
“As it’s gotten later there’s been more people,” she said.
Many families were having a good time at the event.
“I think it’s great. We’re having a lot of fun,” said Cisneros. “I think they like that it’s outdoors, and there’s a lot of different things to see and taste."
DABA may make the Downtown Arlington Summer Kickoff an annual event.
“I would say that this is a success so we will probably be looking at it next year,” she said.
The event was sponsored by local businesses Windermere Arlington, Caliber Home Loans, S&S Roofing and Olympic Escrow.
“Thank you to all the sponsors and the community for coming out,” said Cisneros.