Big Ballyhoo Street Performer Festival activates public space

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Shrimp 182, a band of students attending Tokyo International University of America, performs Sunday, August 30 at the gazebo in Willson Park.

Eight blocks of public space were the setting for the Big Ballyhoo, a street performer festival in downtown Salem, August 29 and 30, 2015. State Capitol State Park, the Transit Center and the County Courthouse provided a unique setting to host magicians, clowns,  live music, foot races, food trucks, a car show and heritage tours. Collaborating with Cruise Salem and Salem Sunday Streets, Big Ballyhoo added active entertainment that attracted car and bike enthusiasts and their families.

Cruise Salem drivers line up in front of the Oregon State Capitol August 29, 2015.
Cruise Salem drivers line up in front of the Oregon State Capitol August 29, 2015.

Saturday started with a car show and the Midcentury Mile, a one-mile foot race among the architecture of nine Pietro Belluschi buildings. Statesman Journal reporter Alisha Roemeling and photographer Anna Reed did a great job of telling the story about cars and their drivers.

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A mother and her child finish the Midcentury Mile. Joe Dudman, from Portland, finished first with a time of 5 minutes, 19 seconds.
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Shrimp 182 sets up on the Transit Center Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Shrimp 182, the Gabe Cox Band, Sugar Sauce and clowns Dingo and Olive Rootbeer drew visitors to the Transit Center later Saturday afternoon.  The evening concluded with a fire-spinning performance from Fire Optic.

 

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Dingo Dismal rides a tall bike at the Transit Center on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
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Peddlers power the sound systems while giving a ride to Olive Rootbeer Saturday, August 29 at the Transit Center.
Performers from Fire Optic light up the Transit Mall Saturday, August 29, 2015.
Performers from Fire Optic light up the Transit Mall Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Salem Sunday Streets promoted active and healthy living on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Certainly, Big Ballyhoo street performers were “active” during the collaborative event with dancers, music and statues. Statesman Journal reporter Natalie Pate and photographer Anna Reed filed a good story about the event.

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Get a Life Marching Band performs during the Ballyhoo 5k, which included routes through Willamette University.
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The Ballyhoo 5k included nine Pietro Belluschi buildings along the route.
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No Filter, a 23- student dance team from Tokyo International University of America, rushes across the street to perform their five-minute routine.
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No Filter, a 23- student dance team from Tokyo International University of America, performs break-dancing moves during their five-minute routine.
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Prismagic statue performers sets up a pitch in the middle of Court Street on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Audience members watch No Filter, a 23- student dance team from Tokyo International University of America, during their second performance at the Transit Center on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Audience members dance along with No Filter, a 23- student dance team from Tokyo International University of America.
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Peddlers blend their own smoothies at Willson Park on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Longboards and bicycles were popular at the Transit Center on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Visitors await another band on the State Capitol steps on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Custom bikes were popular on the Capitol Mall in State Capitol State Park on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Visitors take a breather from the activities on Sunday, August 30, 2015.

Non-profits, government agencies and small businesses provided information about active living in State Capitol State Park and the Transit Center.

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City of Salem Neighborhood Services shares about the benefits of being active with your neighbors on Sunday, August 30, 2015.
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Volunteers help keep the day running smoothly at Willson Park on Sunday, August 30, 2015.