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July 4, 2013

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Officials prepare and plan for months for new festival location

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“With this being the first year, we knew we were going to have to move things around,” Wyman said. “Even with our best plans, we had to do some moving. And that’s OK. We understood that would happen going into it.”

And with this being the first year, Wyman said he knows they’ll probably have to make some changes throughout the festival to keep it running smoothly.

“Even downtown we had surprises that would pop up, and I’m confident whatever happens over the next three days – good or bad – we’ll handle it just fine and this will go off without a hitch,” he said. “ … As a board, we said no frustrations the first couple days because we’re dealing with a brand new set up. We all accepted that, stayed patient and it’s worked out great.”

And area residents said they hope it does work out great.

“I’ve always said they should have done this,” said Tom Williams, a local painter who strolled along Wildcat Creek Wednesday afternoon with his wife, Jane. “It’s just too congested downtown. There never was enough room.”

Tom said he likes the festival in the park, but said he thinks the stage area might be too crowded because the rides are set up too close to it.

“It’s a good idea to move it here, I just don’t think it’s a good idea to have the rides set up where they’re at,” he said.

Jane said she also worried about possible flooding sweeping in from the creek and ruining the event. She also thought there would be more mosquitoes.

As vendors gradually moved in Wednesday, 23-year-old Cassie Campbell pushed her baby around Foster Park. She said she also likes the new festival location, but it has its drawbacks.

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