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By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2015 (Borrego Springs) -- The Borrego Days Desert Festival has a long history of launching the peak season for Southern California’s desert region—welcoming snowbirds and enticing locals to join together after a long summer for a weekend of celebration.

 This year, the festival marks its 50th anniversary with a theme of “Those Were the Days” Oct. 23-25, aiming to create new memories for young and old alike. Live entertainment on the main stage, artists, a children’s fun zone, outdoor shopping, gourmet food trucks, beer and beverage garden, vendors, as well as a Saturday parade featuring flyover, equestrians, marching bands, floats, clowns, dancers, classic cars and more are all planned.

The festival opens Friday night from 5-9 p.m., with a parade rolling out Saturday at 10 a.m., when activities continue until 9 p.m.  More activities are planned Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at  the Christmas Circle Community Park (600 Christmas Tree Circle.)

Admission to the festival is free, with fun for the entire family at Borrego Springs’ historic Christmas Circle.  For more information, visit www.BorregoDays.com.

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