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Busker Fest goers not too concerned about Coronavirus

Posted at 11:16 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 10:07:09-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Thousands of people visited Seaport Village Saturday to watch outdoor entertainers at the 14th Annual Busker Fest 2020. As the fear of coronavirus spreads, attendees of the festival seemed unbothered by it.

Gather around! Let your eyes and ears feast on the marvels of jugglers, daredevils, and aerialists.

"Buskers have always been a big part of our history down at Seaport Village," Scott Andrews, Marketing Director of Seaport Village, said.

Coming to the festival has become a seven-year tradition for Shannon Steward and her nine-year-old son, Aiden.

"I like supporting the street performers!" Stewart said. "I never even knew what a busker was until I found out about this festival."

New this year: Busker University. It's a special place where kids can learn about art and busking skills. One of the most popular booths is the slime station.

Children can make slime by mixing Borax, water, and glue. After playing at the slime station, the kids are encouraged to wash their hands by using either baby wipes or hand sanitizer.

Ahead of the event, San Diego Port Authority added hand-washing stations all along the Embarcadero, to quell growing fears of the coronavirus.

Regardless, Stewart said good hygiene is something she always preaches to her family.

"We are making sure we are washing our hands, not touching too many things, but obviously, we are kind of diving into the slime and no big deal!" Stewart said.

She said she is not going to let fear and hysteria ruin their fun.

"It's at the forefront of our minds, but it's not changing too much of what we are doing right now," Stewart said. "Now, that may change in a couple of weeks. But for right now, we are living in the moment, enjoying the things that we've always done, and the tradition at the busker festival."

The Busker Fest continues Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Seaport Village.