Three dogs, from left: Patches, Daisy and Thumper, ride down Grand Avenue in stroller-style on Sunday. Photo by Tony Cagala
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A Grand Festival

ESCONDIDO — Live entertainment, more than 500 vendors and plenty of fun filled a stretch of Grand Avenue for during Sunday’s Escondido Grand Avenue Festival.

Billed as the second largest single-day festival in the state, the event, which stretched from Center City Parkway to Juniper Street, drew large crowds. Besides stage performances from local dance troupes and playhouses, the festival also featured a landscaping presentation from notable landscape professional and celebrity Ahmed Hassan.

The Escondido Grand Avenue Festival is hosted the third Sunday of May and October. The next festival is slated for Oct. 16.

Balloon artist Steve Mings twists a balloon into a sword for a patron. Photo by Tony CagalaLynnie Beeghly, left, breaks a board held by Paige Eldred of Eldred’s School of Martial Arts. Photo by Tony CagalaKeira Campbell visits with a parrot out front of A Bird Haven bird store in Escondido. Photo by Tony CagalaPatrons of the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival get a look at a macaw. Photo by Tony CagalaRicky Rodriguez drives his grandson David Perez in a remote controlled Mercedes Benz down Grand Avenue. Photo by Tony CagalaDavid Perez cruises grand in style. Photo by Tony CagalaAn Asian Water Monitor walks the sidewalk as part of an exhibit. Photo by Tony CagalaJoshua Zepeda, left, and Lorena Estrada pose in front of the Ghouls Gone Wild booth on Sunday. Photo by Tony CagalaYoung dancers perform ballet folklorico on stage at the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival. Photo by Tony CagalaA young dancer dons his sombrero before performing. Photo by Tony CagalaYoung dancers perform ballet folklorico on stage at the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival. Photo by Tony CagalaYoung dancers perform ballet folklorico on stage at the Escondido Grand Avenue Festival. Photo by Tony CagalaA youngster scales a climbing wall on Sunday. Photo by Tony Cagala