Crowds expected at Craterfest events

Published 4:00am Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce is in the home stretch of preparation for its newly reconstituted community festival. Craterfest (formerly Riverfest) will kick off Friday night at 6:30 with the Crater Crawl 5K and Fun Run, and continue Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
“Everything’s come together because of the hard work of a lot of people,” said Vanessa Lynch, chamber executive director.
“We’re really excited about everything that’s planned. We already have more than 100 people signed up for the run and all of our vendor booth spaces were reserved weeks ago.”
Lynch said the goal of the festival is to provide free or inexpensive entertainment for the community.
The day will offer a variety of arts and crafts vendors, contests, food concessions, games, entertainment, a Kid Zone and more. Race car driver Lee Mason will be on hand, Anglers for Kids and the Wetumpka High bass fishing team will offer kids activities and the Humane Society of Elmore County will have adoptable pets. The Wetumpka Public Library will host an author showcase.
Vendor booths will open at 9 a.m., and music will begin at 10 a.m., culminating in a performance by headliner Keith Anderson.
“There will be music on stage all day,” said Lynch.
Craterfest attendees should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Lynch said coolers are also allowed, though she encouraged guests to support event vendors.
“Craterfest is bringing a lot of positive attention to our area,” she said. “We’re expecting good weather and a great crowd.”

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