Main Street Days features family-friendly fun

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The pizza dough was flying, a warm breeze was flowing and happy festival-goers were frolicking at Grapevine’s 29th Annual Main Street Days last weekend.

Mayor William D. Tate said he was thrilled with the turnout Saturday.

“Our population is about 50,000 and with this weather, we’ll easily have 150,000 here over the three days — three times our number of residents,” said Tate.

One of the highlights of the festival was the Roma’s Pizza Toss Academy where kids rolled and tossed dough, a messy but fun endeavor.

Sponsored by Grapevine’s Palio’s Pizza Café, co-owner Joey Schneider said it was designed for ages 5-10, but other youngsters and even parents participated. He said the kids had a playful attitude, but the fathers were more competitive.

“It’s amazing when 40-year-olds act like 10-year-olds,” Schneider said.

Roni Jackson of Dallas and her 14-year-old son, Brody came with family friend Madi Jacob of Farmers Branch and her children, Ben, 7, and Becca, 3.

“It’s a cost-effective and family-friendly and fun thing to do on a Saturday afternoon,” Jackson said.

Ben started laughing and tattled when he caught his sister eating pizza dough.

“She’s going to grow a pizza in her belly,” Jacob said with a smile.

Palio’s co-owner T.J. Hanley was also amused, saying, “That’s how good our dough is. She’s eating it raw.”

The festival catered especially to children, with its KidCave entertainment zone presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and the Legoland Discovery Center’s junior building competition. Other highlights included the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium touch pool, a petting zoo and the Carnival Midway.

For the adults, there were Texas and international wines and craft beers, as well as a grilling competition at the Town Square Gazebo.

Ed Stone continued his more than a decade of volunteering at the festival. This year, the retired Grapevine firefighter and his wife, Julie were assigned to a beer tasting venue.

“We want to be a part of the community where we live,” said Stone, who owns a trucking company. “We’ve made a lot of good friends here over the years.”

The downtown event featured two special occasions on Saturday.

In the morning, Grapevine city leaders dedicated the Ted R. Ware Plaza, a collection of museums that tell the story of Grapevine and its early settlers. Ware, his wife Gloria and numerous family members were in attendance for the dedication.

The plaza is named in recognition of Ware, who served many years as a Grapevine councilman and mayor pro-tem. He currently is a commissioner for the Heritage Preservation Commission.

The Ware Plaza’s four museums tell the story of early Grapevine, its settlers and those who have contributed to the city, the crowd was told.

The Settlement to City Museum chronicles Grapevine’s development from a pioneer settlement. The Donald Schoolhouse offers a lesson in education as it developed on the Grape Vine Prairie. The Grapevine Cotton Ginners Museum tells the story of cotton as king. Three gins in town prepared Grapevine’s crop to touch the world. The plaza also includes the Grapevine Icehouse, the future home of the Grapevine Historical Museum.

Ware was recognized for his record of commitment and service to the city.

“When I was first on the Council, a good friend of mine told me that if I was struggling with a decision, to follow Ted’s lead and I would make a good decision,” councilwoman Darlene Freed said.

Councilwoman Sharron Spencer spoke of the plaza being “an area of dynamic activity that is going to be enjoyed by thousands of people.”

A second city dedication was held Saturday afternoon at 320 S. Main Street, where a historical wall marker was unveiled for Wall Drug Store.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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