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This Friday and Saturday, the Town of Flower Mound will once again open the Wild About Flower Mound festival to families in North Texas, but this year organizers have taken the weekend festival to a higher level. 

Surpassing the standards set forth by other festivals, Wild About Flower Mound will showcase a completely free Kid’s Zone, Environmental Fair, a classic Auto Show, Texas music and more.

Presented by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, Wild About Flower Mound will take place at Bakersfield Park, 1201 Duncan Lane, from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 18, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.  Admission and onsite parking are free for all attendees.

“We are very excited about Wild About Flower Mound 2010,” said Chuck Jennings, Recreation Superintendent, Town of Flower Mound.

“This year we really wanted to focus on all aspects of improving the quality of life in Flower Mound and we feel we’ve created a great weekend that everyone can enjoy with the free Kid’s Zone, offering educational opportunities about the benefits of Green living, and presenting the best in Texas music.  Along with the car show and many other activities that everyone will enjoy, we feel Wild About Flower Mound should be the most well-rounded festival in Dallas/Fort Worth.”

The Kid’s Zone includes bounce houses, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, train and pony rides, a petting zoo and games for all ages.

Working with Keep Flower Mound Beautiful and the U.S. Green Building Council, the Town of Flower Mound is putting a concentrated effort into the festival to educate attendees on the vast benefits of Green living and building.  Through a dedicated Environmental Fair with exhibitors and expert speakers, attendees of the festival will learn about the environmental benefits of rain barrels and backyard ponds; along with learning about Texas soil education, improving indoor air quality, and the federal rebates available for Green building.

“We want to provide not only our residents, but all attendees, with the knowledge to implement sound environmental practices in their everyday life,” said Marilyn Lawson, Board Member, Keep Flower Mound Beautiful. “There are many quick and easy Green initiatives that families across D/FW can put into action and we have gathered a fantastic group of expert speakers and exhibitors to show them how to do just that.”

Presented by CARS Road Show, Wild About Flower Mound will host two car shows.  CARS Road Show celebrates the best in cars, trucks and motorcycles; both old and new.   The shows will take place on Friday from 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturday from 1 – 6 p.m.  There will be 73 awards given at the show including seven Best of Show Awards, the Mayor’s pick, a People’s Choice Award, and the Outstanding Club Participation Award.

“This is going to be a great event,” said Christy Hoffman, CARS Road Show.  “We are going to be showcasing the very best in both classic and contemporary cars, trucks and motorcycles.  This show is not only for the car enthusiast, it’s for everyone who has had that special car, truck or motorcycle in their lifetime.  Plus each attendee will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite making this something that everyone can truly enjoy.”

Additionally, Wild About Flower Mound has assembled an array of music from across the state.  Headlined by recording artists Mark McKinney and Brandon Rhyder, artists scheduled to appear include The Grenadines, Petty Theft, The Tellevators, The Lost Serenaders, the Haley Osier Band, and Moreland & Arbuckle.

“Our goal in booking the music for Wild About Flower Mound was to create an assortment of talented professional and local performers,” said Jerry Thompson, President, Promoter Line.  “With the headliners and groups we have performing, attendees will be able to listen to and enjoy all types of musical genres from country to rock and even classical.  There is literally something for everyone.”

But as if that wasn’t enough, Wild About Flower Mound will also feature the Tailwaggers Animal Rescue, The Critterman, a Pooch Parade, Police Dog demonstrations, local performing arts groups performing on a community stage, the Stick Horse Rodeo, plus an art and photo competition for professionals and amateurs alike.

Wild About Flower Mound is Presented by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound with Special sponsorship by NTTA, KSCS and Budweiser, and Main Stage Entertainment Sponsorship by Cornerstone Staffing.

Free onsite parking is available, along with additional parking in the Lakeside Business District.

Free shuttle service will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

To find out more about the Wild About Flower Mound festival, and to view a full schedule of events and more detailed Free Parking information, visit www.flower-mound.com/wild or call 817-557-1009.

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