The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 26, 2018 1:00 am

Agen to perform, be grand marshal

RON SHAWGO | For The Journal Gazette

As the classic cars roll in, the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival will host Fort Wayne singer and “The Voice” runner-up Addison Agen as grand marshal.

The festival's 62nd year, with more than 55 events over nine days, gets into full swing today with the annual garage cruise, featuring auto enthusiasts showing off their garages.

The festival winds down as Agen will perform a free concert Saturday.

“That's gained a lot of excitement with people,” Amber Jackson, festival executive director, said of the concert. Agen, 17, will help draw a younger audience, she added. Past attendance for the auction and festival has been 150,000 to 200,000, organizers said.

After the concert, festivalgoers can grab a glow stick and head to the James Cultural Plaza for the “Glow Up the Plaza” party. 

“We have a family-friendly safe area with a glow party and beach cruiser bicycles,” Jackson said. “Just kind of a nice young area for people to come and experience if they've never been here before.” 

Many activities for young people will be in the area of the Agen concert.

“So, we want to do the best to be the best host and show everybody how amazing Auburn is,” Jackson said.

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