According to organizer Deborah Garrison, there are more than 170 various vendors filling the 240 alloted spaces in downtown Sumiton this year. The festival has already run out of spaces for vendors and began turning people away this week.
The event, which began in 2006, always features a variety of arts and crafts booths and food vendors, as well as a play area for the kids.
The musical performances are a staple of the festival, but this year there will also be a new singer/songwriter stage that will feature acts like Rick and Jilda Watson, Andrew Brasfield, Skip Cochran, The Spook House Saints, Steve Norris and Michael Cannon. Garrison said that only performers who write their own music will be allowed to perform on the stage.
The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Vendors with a reserved booth space can begin setting up at 6 a.m. and are asked to have their booths completed by 8 a.m. Vendors are also asked to have all vehicles out of the festival area at that time.
Bevill State Community College will provide free parking and shuttles will be provided from the Bevill parking lots to the festival since the streets will be closed. There will not be a car show this year so even more parking will be available near the festival grounds.
Organizers do ask that attendees leave their pets at home. The heat and crowds create a bad environment for pets so they have been banned at this year’s festival.
For more information on the Frog Festival, contact Garrison at 205-648-3115 or Brenda Little at 205-259-0550.