The annual Buskers in the Burg – The Observer

The sun head body puppeteer walks in the Arts Parade during the festival.

Jack Lambert

Jack Lambert

The sun head body puppeteer walks in the Arts Parade during the festival.

Daisy Perez, Scene Editor

Children with glittery face paint look in awe as giant puppets fill the crowded streets. One puppeteer wears a dark purple robe with the puppet’s skeleton chest exposed. Children grab onto their mothers’ sweaters as the skeleton puppet glides along, turning his skeleton head and wide eyes at the audience. Other puppets are more playful, like the giant lobster and red robot, who wave to the children and interact with other puppets.

Giant puppeteers, dancers, singers, musicians, cloggers and jugglers have one thing in common: They’re all street performers, also known as buskers. The annual Buskers in the Burg festival is presented by the Ellensburg Downtown Association.

There will be a Busker Preview Night on Friday, Sept. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students and Ellensburg residents will be able to preview the buskers’ performances at different locations: Iron Horse Brewery, Cornerstone Pie, Dark Moon Craft Beer, Fire and Smoke and Dakota Café.

A moving circuit could also be an option for those who want to stay in one of three locations: D&M Coffee, Grapes and Crepes and Gard Vintners. These locations will host singers and musicians These Guitars Say Sorry, David Douglas and David McLemore.

Carolyn Honeycutt, director at the Ellensburg Downtown Association, said the festival was inspired by her husband. She created the event in 2011.

“My husband is a porch musician,” Honeycutt said. “He thought it would be a great idea. I didn’t even know what a busker was so I had to educate myself on it,” Honeycutt said.

Honeycutt wanted buskers to perform for the festival and also have children’s activities. The festival has grown so much that they expect 2,000 student, residents and people outside of…

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