Shangoya and Ann Reed perform at May 22 Judson fest

Judson Memorial Baptist Church's street fest is back and bigger than ever.

Last year, the 100-family church at 4101 Harriet Ave. S. staged its first community festival, replete with local bands, vendors, a plant sale and kids activities such as an inflatable slide. This year's Saturday May 22 fest includes musicians such as Judson neighbor Ann Reed and bands including Shangoya and the Latin quartet Robert Everest & Cuerda Y Mabera. This year, kids will be able to bounce down two inflatable slides.

The no-admission event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., centered at 41st & Harriet. Reed is scheduled to play at 2 p.m. and Shangoya will close out the show beginning at 5 p.m.

Organizer David Buck describes Judson as a "very liberal place with a myriad of different spiritual perspectives." The fest's purpose is to raise money for charities such as the Joyce Food Shelf and so church members can give back to the community -- Buck says there isn't any proselytizing.

"It's amazing to behold -- we're a small church with a wonderful following and we love putting on an event that spills onto the street. It's very special, and we just love the community aspect of it."

For more information, see

www.judsonchurch.org/StreetFest.htm.