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Food trucks, music and bounce houses at the first Nextival

Ten bounce houses, three music stages, a family chill zone, and 30 food trucks and vendors will all be part of the first ever Nextival July 9 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.

Zoo in my roomThe Nextival is being billed as Maryland’s largest food truck music festival showcasing who’s “next now” in music as well as honoring some well-known musicians. The event will include performances from more than two dozen bands, including The Cornerstone, Junior Marvin’s Wailers, SwampCandy and others. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Juice Box Jams’ mission to help kids and musicians in need.

“The Nextival offers a little something for everyone — particularly the music lover who prides him or herself on discovering the next big sound first, or the next great gourmet bite first,” says Billy Zero, founder of Juice Box Jams and DJ Boy Records.Nextival milkshak

The children’s interactive play area will include the “Zoo in My Room” puppet show by Kid Singer Jim as well as jump houses, face painting, art, building blocks, balloon twisting and more. The children’s stage will feature performances by Milkshake, Guava Jelly and more.

Food trucks attending the event include Urban Poutine, Upslide Down, The Smoking Swine, Slainte On Wheels, Greek on the Street, Rita’s Italian Ice and more.

The event will also feature a cornhole tournament and helicopter rides by Monumental Helicopters. Neither event is included in the entrance fee.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event (not including a $5 service fee). Children under 14 are free with a paying adult. The Nextival runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For details and tickets call 1-800-255-2071 or visit nextival.com.

By Betsy Stein

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