ABC11 Eyewitness News Sponsors Raleigh Wide Open

Raleigh, NC, July 28, 2010 --( ABC 11 Eyewitness News ( has announced it will sponsor the fifth annual Raleigh Wide Open celebration, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. Raleigh Wide Open will be held in the City Plaza downtown and will feature a parade down Fayetteville Street, four stages for local acts and artists, a kid’s zone, food tents, and fireworks. Raleigh Wide Open brings together Raleigh residents in the summer to celebrate the revitalization of downtown. The celebration began in 2006 to mark the return of Fayetteville Street to vehicle traffic and has resumed each year since to celebrate the growth of energy, art and entertainment downtown.


“Raleigh Wide Open has been one of the most exciting events in Raleigh for the past four years,” said John Idler, president and general manager of ABC11 Eyewitness News. “We are very excited to continue showing our support for the significant occasion.”

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- The event will host more than 20 national, regional and local acts on four stages, as well as more than 50 food, beer and wine, arts and nonprofit organizations tents.

- For more information please visit the Raleigh Wide Open Five event website at

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