CityFest ‘blessed’ with good weather, large crowd

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Looking at the weather forecasts each day leading up to Alabaster’s CityFest on June 3, Alabaster Arts Council President Adam Moseley said he was preparing for the worst.

Many weather outlooks forecasted high probabilities of rain throughout the day, but fortunately, the rain never came.

“It was a great day. The weather was something we were kind of worried about, but we were blessed because the rain held off,” Moseley said. “It didn’t rain a drop all day.”

As in past years, the free event drew tens of thousands of visitors to Alabaster’s Municipal Park to enjoy live music, a slew of vendors, a kids area and much more. While Moseley said he did not yet have final attendance numbers on June 5, he estimated it was about the same as past years, which regularly drew more than 50,000 people.

“We had a good crowd. The morning crowd seemed a lot bigger than normal, I think because it was a little cooler that morning,” Moseley said. “The shuttle buses were full, even from early in the morning.”

Headlining the event were Black Jacket Symphony, who took the stage with Marc Martel to perform Queen’s album “A Night at the Opera” in its entirety at 7 p.m., and country music duo Maddie and Tae, who took the stage at 9 p.m.

The day kicked off with a cruise-in car show sponsored by Ernest McCarty Ford behind Thompson Middle School from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The vendor area next to TMS opened from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and will featured dozens of vendors selling everything from handmade products to a wide range of food.

The KidsFest area also opened at 9 am., and featured family and kid-friendly activities, music from DJ Fuzzy and performances from The Flying K-9s Dog Show at 10:30 a.m. and noon.

On the day stage near the TMS gym entrance, Divine Destiny took the stage at 10 a.m., followed by Sanchez Tanniehill at 10:30 a.m., Terry Padgett as Elvis at 11 a.m. and Love Dos at noon.

On the main stage, Jessica Meuse performed at 2 p.m., Raquel Lily performed at 3 p.m., The Springs performed at 4:15 p.m. and Blackfoot Gypsies performed at 5:30 p.m.

“It was a great day,” Moseley said. “We were excited to see everyone come out and have a good time.”

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