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Streets to be closed for Cary's Lazy Daze festival

Posted August 27, 2010

— Some downtown Cary streets will be closed Saturday as an expected 50,000 people come to the town's annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.

The festival, which runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., features about 385 vendors and visual and performing artists.

“Each year, Lazy Daze presents visual and performing arts of extraordinary caliber to a wide audience from the Triangle area and beyond,” festival coordinator Joy Ennis said in a release. “Explore the talents of vendors from across the country, and learn how to get involved with cultural arts and community programs here in your own backyard.”

This year's highlights include a grill-off between 10 chefs fixing steaks paired with a Beringer wine; an attempt to build the world's largest doll, at 20 feet tall; and the chance to buy a locker from the old Cary High and Elementary school, which is being renovated into a community arts center.

Proceeds go into a grant fund for local nonprofits arts organizations. Over 33 years, the program has distributed approximately $475,000 in grants.

The following streets will be closed, and residents will need a government-issued photo ID to access the areas by vehicle:

  • North Academy Street from Chatham Street to Cedar Street
  • South Academy Street from Chatham Street to Dry Avenue
  • East and West Chatham Street from Walker Street to Harrison Avenue
  • Webster Street
  • Waldo Street to Walker Street

Free shuttles will run from the Sears store in Cary Towne Center, at Maynard Road and Walnut Street, to Cary Elementary School on Kildaire Farm Road. Shuttles run every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Limited parking is available at the Cary Town Hall Parking Deck, next to the Herbert C. Young Community Center. Handicapped parking is available at Cary Town Hall, First United Methodist Church on Academy Street and Cary Elementary.

Street closures

Lazy Daze street closures


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  • johnstonredneck Aug 27, 2010

    I didn't realize that Cary had any other kinds of days. I thought hey were all "Lazy" days.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 27, 2010

    froggytroat: "Then stay out, with your attitude I'd rather not have you there."

    I will. Thank you for thinking of me. Ya'll have fun now, ya hear?

  • froggytroat Aug 27, 2010

    >>Don't want ANY part of it.

    Then stay out, with your attitude I'd rather not have you there.

  • klink Aug 27, 2010

    "chance to buy a locker from the old Cary High and Elementary school"

    WOW!!! I Can't wait!!!

  • robbins Aug 27, 2010

    So you can park at some areas on Academy Street, but Academy Street is closed? Somebody please explain that.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 27, 2010

    I know where I WON'T be this weekend. I went to Lazy Daze a decade or two ago. Haven't been back since. What a crazy circus. Don't want ANY part of it.

  • JustAName Aug 27, 2010

    First tastes of fair food. Too bad I'll miss it. The steak cookoff would probably cause extreme hunger cravings. mmmmmmmm steak

  • notagain1903 Aug 27, 2010

    Maybe we can keep them closed all the time so we don't let any of them out!!!!

  • Stormy13 Aug 27, 2010

    Great, more cardboard earrings, just what we all need! I was very, disappointed in last year's Lazy Daze and don't plan to go this year. My time will be better spent at the State Flea Market.