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Dan Jansen fest in Greenfield will feature new zip line ride and bands at night

The zip line is for the daring who don’t mind stepping off into 30 feet of empty space. It will be new at this weekend’s Dan Jansen Family Festival in Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave.

The zip line is for the daring who don’t mind stepping off into 30 feet of empty space. It will be new at this weekend’s Dan Jansen Family Festival in Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave.

May 20, 2014

Greenfield — More family events including a zip line for the more adventurous and a family movie will join the 2014 Dan Jansen Family Fest lineup of rides, music, food and other activities this Memorial Day weekend.

The fun will be Friday through Monday, May 23 through 26, at Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield.

Taj Jordan, owner of Music on the Move Plus, has taken his zip line to Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and festivals all over the Midwest. He said he doesn't know how fast riders fly down the 200-foot cable.

"But it gets your heart pounding and that's the point," he said.

His other name is Captain Fun, Jordan insists.

Riders will climb the stairs to the 30-foot high platform.

"When you're looking up from the ground, it doesn't look that high," he said. "Definitely we've had people get up there and chicken out."

But they needn't worry, he said. Riders wear harnesses and don't have to do a thing except fly. An automatic system slows them down gently at the end and a ride employee will help riders out of the harness, he said.

"It's a very smooth ride," he said.

As long as children can fit well into the harness, they can ride, he said, and adults just have to weigh less than 250 pounds.

"We needed other things for families to do," so festival organizers invited the zip line folks, said Julie Rome, festival chairwoman.

At about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, the family movie "Despicable Me 2" will be screened in the family tent. That too is new. Tri-City National Bank will pop for the popcorn for the kids.

"It's something else for families to do at night and I know it's very popular when Park and Rec does it," Rome said of the outdoor movies.

Also new this year will be a soccer match involving varsity and JV players from Greenfield High School from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, Rome said. The match will be played on the ballfield.

Afterward, the Greenfield police will present a canine show with the city's two police dogs at about 3 p.m. on the ballfield.

Many people look forward to the Dan Jansen Festival music and the band Cherry Pie will be back after its debut at the festival last year.

"People left saying they hope we sign that band again," Rome said.

Cherry Pie will perform from 7 p.m. to closing on Saturday.

The band Toys, a favorite of the festival, will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday. New this year, Toys is sponsoring a free contest for people to sign up on its Facebook page for a chance to win the opportunity to meet the band at intermission and bring a limited number of friends.

Slated to entertain on Friday, May 23, at 7 p.m. is the band Rebel Grace.

FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE

FRIDAY

5 to 11 p.m. festival is open

5 to 10 p.m. carnival rides by Rainbow Valley

7 to 11 p.m. Rebel Grace to entertain

SATURDAY

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. car show

noon to 11 p.m. festival open

noon to 10 p.m. carnival rides

2 to 6 p.m. the Oldies But Goodies Spectacular Band

5 to 6 p.m. Real Clowns Magic & Musical Mayhem

7:30 p.m. movie in the park, "Despicable Me 2"

7 to 11 p.m. Cherry Pie

SUNDAY

8 a.m. rain date for Saturday car show

noon to 11 p.m. festival open

noon to 10 p.m. rides

noon to 2 p.m. Greenfield High School soccer scrimmage

2 to 6 p.m. the Doo-Wop Daddies in the entertainment tent

2 p.m. face painting starts

3 p.m. Greenfield Police Department canine demonstration

7 p.m. to closing the Toys

MEMORIAL DAY

noon to 4 p.m. rides

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