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Carmus Family Festival at Sandy Downs

Carmus Jamboree Family Festival has been going on this weekend. It’s a free play day for families to get out with the community and enjoy themselves.

Sage Patchin said, “I think this is awesome. I wasn’t expecting something so big and flashy but this is amazing, it’s way cool.”

Carmus Jamboree is a charity event. It combines family fun with charitable causes. Seventy percent of proceeds go to local charity groups, such as the Idaho Search Dogs, and 20 percent of proceeds go to national charities.

Christine Campbell, of Carmus Productions said, “That’s what Carmus is all about. We have no admittance fee here which means anybody can come and have fun. We have a free kids fair where there are 12 bounce houses, singing princesses, superheroes, face painters and they don’t have to pay a dime for it. There is $5 parking so just load them up in the car and get them there and then it’s all day play day.”

Acts such as Stasia Acrobats wowed the crowd with their stunts.

Alyxandra Rhead, of Stasia Acrobats, said, “It’s been pretty amazing so far. We are seeing a lot more people turn out today than yesterday, which is amazing because more people get to see us.”

Superheroes and princesses spend time at the event meeting and greeting fans.

Blake Bingham, who plays Bumblebee, said, “It’s been great, most enjoyable is getting out and seeing their faces light up.”
Steven Bingham, who is dressed as Iron Man, said, “Just the awe on their faces, Iron Man!”

Being a superhero comes with great danger, like taking on the Army Reserve on the sugar shooter battle field.

Steven Bingham said, “This little kid with super big knuckle bumps. He hurt my hand but he just kept coming back like ‘Rah!'”

Concerts have been held during the evening. The American Flag was posted by the Idaho Falls American Legion, and the national anthem by talent show winner Sage Patchin.
Local band Idaho Muscle opened for the Nashville Tribute Band.

Headliner Dustin Lynch wasn’t able to play due to weather Friday night. s show will include Journey’s former lead vocalist Steve Augeri and Molly Hatchet. Afterward there will be a charity party dance with lots of prizes.

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