CityFest crews begin preparations

Crews work to construct the main CityFest stage before the 2011 festival. This week will mark a busy time for the 2012 CityFest organizers. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Alabaster CityFest planners and volunteers are culminating a year’s worth of work this week as they prepare for a relatively mild-weathered festival weekend.

Crews began setting up sponsorship tents at Alabaster’s Municipal Park the morning on May 29, and will be working all week to prepare for the June 2 festival, which is put on each year by the Alabaster Arts Council.

“It’s a real balancing act now just trying to get everyone in this week,” said Alabaster Arts Council President Adam Moseley. “We try to make sure there aren’t too many people trying to set up at the same time.”

This year will mark CityFest’s 10th anniversary, and will feature performances by alternative rock group Everclear and country music group Lonestar. The event is set to kick off at 9 a.m. with a vendor area, a classic car cruise-in, musical performances and a Kids Fest area.

Although a possibility of rain is forecast for June 1, Moseley said a relatively mild Alabama summer day is on tap for the day of the event.

“We’ve checked the weather, and it looks like the high will be 80 degrees on Saturday. Last year, it was over 100,” Moseley said. “I guess we are getting paid back this year with an 80-degree day.”

About 300 volunteers and local organizations will help to set up and manage CityFest, and sponsors help keep the event free every year, Moseley said.

“There’s a lot that goes into this,” Moseley said. “We get a lot of help from volunteers and organizations, and we couldn’t do it without them.

“It’s a sense of community. People come together to put this on,” he added.

Parking areas for the daylong event will begin filling at Thompson High School, and will then move to Warrior Park, the THS football stadium and then the Publix supermarket off Alabama 119. Shuttles will transport attendees from parking areas to the event.

During the event, Warrior Drive between THS and Thompson Middle School will be closed to traffic.

For a full CityFest schedule, visit Alabastercityfest.com.