The event, from July 5 through July 7 at the Santa Ana Star Center, will feature a new area where children can jump around and cool off on a giant inflatable water slide.
“We’re going to have this group here called Amazing Jumps. They’re going to have their jumpers,” said Alex Archuleta, director of marketing for the Santa Ana Star Center. “They’re bringing a Toxic Falls water slide. That’s like the biggest outdoor slide in New Mexico. It’s a huge inflatable thing. They’re bringing that this year and putting it up on the top lot. So you can get access to that and all of their jumpers for $20 a day for a wristband for your kids or you can buy single rides too. So if parents want to come, bring their kids, bring a change of clothes and a towel, they can go up and down all day if they want.”
A battle of the bands is another new feature at this year’s event. It will be held from noon to about 6:30 p.m. on July 6 on one of two outdoor stages. It will showcase six bands battling it out for cash prizes and trophies. First place takes home $500, second place wins $250, and third place receives $100. A few local DJs will judge.
In addition to the battle of the bands, there will be live music each day of the event.
“Along with that we’re going to have bands playing (July 5-7) all day on the two stages,” Archuleta said. “Obviously, Stage A will be the battle of the bands (July 6) for most of the day. But The Noms, an awesome local band, is going to be out here (July 5), and then The Gershom Brothers will be here. We have a whole lineup on the other stages throughout the day (July 5 and July 7), as well. There still will be a ton of live music. We’re not doing as much inside, because it gets a little crowded in there, so we thought this would be a great idea to have more music outside in the beer tent where a lot of people are going to be anyway.”