Fire eater Rod Sipe entertains the masses gathered at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts streets during opening night of the Lawrence Busker Festival on Friday. In addition to the flames, visitors were treated to magic tricks and music on the streets of downtown. More than 20 performers from all over the country will be performing throughout the weekend.
Matt Smith, Tonganoxie, holds up his 2-year-old son, Mcclellan, to watch an act during opening night of the Lawrence Busker Festival. This is the second year for the street performance extravaganza. “It’s new and I think it’s taken off here in Lawrence, and I think this event is just going to get better every year,” said Richard Holmgren, who puts on the “Flying Debris show.”
Valerie Wolf steadies a paper flower from her mouth as her husband, Robert, snaps a bullwhip to knock it out. The Wolfs perform as The Wicked Liars. The festival will run from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or an entertainment schedule, log onto Lawrencebuskerfest.com.