Slide and shop Saturday in downtown Marble Falls
Picture yourself standing at the precipice of Third Street at Historic Main Street in Marble Falls. Below you is 850 feet of unencumbered fun on Slide MFTX, and all you have to do is launch yourself down it on a tube.
Will you take the leap June 15?
Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jarrod Metzgar and special events coordinator Angie Carnes are betting on "yes."
“There’s nothing else like it,” Metzgar said about the gigantic water feature from The Urban Slide, which sets up the attraction in cities across the country. “We were looking for something to bring to Marble Falls as a chamber, and this is something that’s great family fun, but anyone can enjoy it.”
“And we’re the only town around that has it,” Carnes pointed out.
Slide MFTX will feature a giant waterslide with three lanes stretching down Third Street for almost three football field lengths. You just have to jump on your inner tube — which comes with the purchase of a wristband — and go.
The event runs 10 AM to 10 PM on Saturday. You can purchase wristbands for two-hour waves, which are $20 each, or an all-day pass for $40. When you purchase a Family 4-Pack, the wristbands are $35 each (additional wristbands in the pack are also $35 each).
Although the longest wait times should only be about 15 minutes, you can cut the line with the All-Day Slide Fast Pass, which is $50 for a single rider or $45 each when purchased in the All-Day Family 4-Pack.
You can also score a free two-hour wristband by volunteering at the event.
“Something like this takes at least a hundred volunteers,” Carnes said.
Sign up for a shift at SignUp.com, and get a wristband in exchange. Volunteers are needed to help set up the slide Friday and on the day of the event to hand out tubes, assist with wristband sales, and monitor the slide.
Slide MFTX runs in conjunction with Market Day on Main, which is 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday.
“We’ve sold out (our Market Day vendor spots),” Carnes said.
Market Day features artisans, specialty vendors, and others with unique products.
The events also are a great opportunity to visit the shops and restaurants on Historic Main Street. Carnes pointed out that parents can explore downtown while their kids race down the slide.
While she and Metzgar hope Highland Lakes residents will check out Slide MFTX and Market Day on Main, they also see it as a way to entice visitors to the area.
“Just come out and have fun,” Metzgar said.
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