Marion Hosts Esperanza Bonanza 2011

Kimberly J. Williams
I just love a good festival! And this weather is PERFECT for getting out and enjoying some food, a few carnival rides and some live music!

The town of Marion kicks-off the 2011 Esperanza Bonanza today at 4 p.m. when the carnival midway opens. Wristbands will be available for $15. Held at the Marion Recreational Complex, the carnival includes rides, games, food and fun for the entire family. This year’s attractions include the very popular “Moby Dick,” along with the “Americana Family Swing Ride,” the “Up, Up and Away Balloon Ride,” a merry-go-round, bumper cars, and rides just for the younger kids.

On Thursday, the carnival also opens at 4 p.m. and wristbands will be available. Mud Flap King is the night’s entertainment, taking the stage at 7 p.m.

Friday’s events begin at 4 p.m. and include the carnival, a variety of barbecue cooking contests and a golf tournament. The Whiskey Bent Band and Party Planet provide the evening’s live music beginning at 6 p.m.

Saturday activities start off at 8 a.m. with the horseshoe competition, followed by the wiffle ball tournament and Children’s Day activities. There will be a barbecue cooking contests throughout the day (imagine the smell!! YUM!!) and the 8th annual Esperanza Bonanza Festival Rodeo begins at 2 p.m. Shot Gun Billy’s takes to the Main Stage at 2 p.m. Seventh Sundown hits the stage at 8 p.m.

To find out more, visit the festival’s website at

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