Inaugural Toulouse Fest scheduled for Saturday

Published 4:26am Monday, July 7, 2014

A first-of-its-kind activity will be held next Saturday at Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park in Wetumpka.

Visitors can come to the park, set up their chairs under the shade of Spanish moss-draped trees, listen to music and browse at arts and crafts vendor booths.

“This is an art and music festival designed to serve as a fund­raiser for the Friends of the Forts group,” said Ove Jensen, site director. “The event will feature local artists and musicians.”

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jensen said more than a dozen arts and crafts vendors are already registered to participate and seven bands are scheduled to play.

The band schedule will be:

11 a.m. -  Al and Mike’s Big Adventure

11:30 a.m. – Joey Day

12:30 p.m. – Nathan Glazier

1:30 p.m. – Stephen Paul Bray

2:30  p.m. – Laurie Harris

3:30  p.m. – Bridge Street Blue

4:15  p.m. – Red River Bend

In addition, Friends of the Forts will sell event T-shirts for $10 each. Boy Scout Troop 50 will sell food and drinks throughout the day.

“Toulouse Fest is also designed to bring visitors to the park during the summer months,” said Jensen. “Visitors are encouraged to spend a day in the park and enjoy the creative offerings of local artists and musicians.

Regular park admission will be charged the day of the festival – $4 per adult and $2 per child (ages 6-18).

Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park is operated by the Alabama Historical Commission and is located at 2521 West Fort Toulouse Road, two miles west of U.S. Highway 231.

For questions or information, call the park at 334-567-3002 or send an email to ove.jensenahc@gmail.com. Information is also available on the Fort Toulouse Facebook page.

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