There are a few changes this year, including traffic for those setting up booths. Those individuals will be forced to enter the festival area from State Street and then turn either right or left onto Main Street. No vehicles will be allowed to enter from Main Street.
There will also be a new gospel stage set up downtown this year. The main stage near Kountry Karpets will host performers including the Corner and Sumiton Christian School drama teams, Showdancers, Kool Katz Jazz band and others. The television show Coffee Time will also be on hand and filming in the morning.
Food is always one of the big draws for the festival and this year everything will be available from barbeque and ribs to gumbo and nachos. There will also be snacks like sno cones, cupcakes, candy apples, funnel cakes and other favorites.
Of course, the biggest draw at the festival is the craft and merchandise booths that showcase hairbows, Alabama and Auburn items, wreaths, flowers, paintings and various home decorations and crafts.
Organizers said there are more than 200 exhibitors this year, making this Frog Festival the largest so far.
Setup will be from 6 to 8:30 a.m. and the Frog Festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The children’s area will be available again this year and all-day wristbands will be $5. There are no pets allowed in the festival area. Parking is available at Bevill State Community College and shuttles will run from the parking area to the festival all day long.
For more information, to view exhibitor information or booth assignments, visit www.thesumitonfrogfestival.com.