According to Donnie McKibben, event promoter, the event is to be a free-entry festival with live music, food vendors, a car and motorcycle show and a recently announced hot dog eating contest. McKibben said that the day long event will be family friendly.
The stretch of Main Street from Courthouse #2 to the intersection of West Avenue will be blocked to traffic on Saturday for the festival.
City Manager, Robbie Rockovits, told the Cedartown Standard, “The city, state, and federal governments spent $1.6 million dollars to make our downtown historic district one of the most splendid and pedestrian friendly urban environments in America. We intend to celebrate the completion of this project and we want the whole city to come out and have a great time.”
According to McKibben, this event is going to replace this year’s “Cedartown Block Party,” which is usually held downtown every year. McKibben said that due to complaints of alcohol sales at previous “block parties,” there will be no alcohol sales at Streetfest 2012.
The car and bike show will be sponsored by the Throttle Jockeys car club and the Freedom Seekers motorcycle club. McKibben said that since the street will be blocked off, the show cars will be parked for display all along Main Street.
There is to be a live musical performance by Scott Warren and the Booze Mountaineers from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Members of the band describe their music as “folksy-rock, Appalachian inspired Americana.”
Along with the car and bike show and the live music, festival goers will also be entertained by a hot dog eating contest. McKibben said that it will cost $10 to enter the contest. Contestants will then have three minutes to eat as many hot dogs as possible. The winner will be the one who eats the most hot dogs and will win a trophy.
Marty Robinson, community resource coordinator for Redmond EMS, mentioned that along with the scheduled events and performances, there would be door prizes and giveaways for festivalgoers. Robinson also said that Redmond EMS will be providing any emergency medical assistance for the festival.
“[The organizers] have brought a lot of things into town for this party,” said McKibben, “all we need now is for people to show up.”