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Cheerwine Festival coming to downtown Salisbury on Saturday; some streets to be closed to traffic

SALISBURY — Several downtown streets will be closed to traffic during the second annual Cheerwine Festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today between Bank and Liberty streets.

There will also be activities on Fisher, Innes and Council streets. Music and other entertainment is planned.

Last year, the Cheerwine Centennial Celebration attracted an estimated 30,000 people.

Street closings include:

• The 200 block of North Main Street between Liberty and Council streets.

• The 100 block of North Main Street and 100 and 200 blocks of South Main Street between Innes and Bank streets.

• The 100 blocks of East and West Council Street and East and West Fisher Street.

• The 100 blocks of East and West Innes Street were to close at 6 a.m. today.

After the festival, roads could be closed until 1 a.m. Sunday.

The 100 blocks of East and West Innes Street will reopen at 9 tonight. The roads will reopen sooner if they are cleared of vendors and festival materials.

Parking will be available in some private lots, on the street and in public lots downtown.

Satellite parking will be available at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and West End Plaza.

Cheerwine will not be free this year, but proceeds from all canned drinks sold at the official Cheerwine tent will go toward Rowan Helping Ministries.

All cans recycled at the festival will go to Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary.

For more information about the festival, visit salisburync.gov/cheerwine.

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