Written by Dan Walsh

Binghamton's annual Arts, Crafts, and Music celebration turns 55 this year! All for the community, July Fest is planned to be bigger, better, and more fun than ever this go around. Everyone is welcome to come downtown and enjoy what makes this city great.

Ron Sall, president of the Downtown Binghamton Business and Professional Association and Festival Organizer, is joined by Mike Carbone, the festival's musical coordinator. The two came on the July 1 edition of the weekly local public affairs program, Southern Tier Close Up,  to discuss what the community can look forward to in this summer's event.

The festival, which will be held on July 14th, 15th, and 16th, will be the best yet according to Sall. July Fest will feature more photographers and glass blowers, as well as great quality bands, local musicians and the best food you can get.

Carbone says that the community will be more involved with the festival this year, as they are bringing in  local Binghamton High School students to play on stage. The Team Jazz Project, composed of students from all parts of Broome County, will also be donating their talents.

Because of Binghamton Universitity's increasing influence in the city, and more of its students staying for the summer, Sall believes the turn out for this year's festival will be huge.

A jubilee as fantastic as this one should not be missed! So bring your family and come on down to July Fest, celebrating the best of Binghamton.

For more information on the festival you can visit julyfestbinghamton.com or interact with it on its Facebook page.

Southern Tier Close is heard Saturdays at 12:10 p.m. on News Radio 1290 WNBF.