Foothills Festival 2016 draws large crowd, grand talent

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/11/16

Foothills Festival 2016 was a success as people from all over the state and surrounding areas came to downtown Jasper to enjoy musical performances, food, shopping and entertainment.

On Friday, the Foothills Festival kicked off with performances …

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Foothills Festival 2016 draws large crowd, grand talent

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Foothills Festival 2016 was a success as people from all over the state and surrounding areas came to downtown Jasper to enjoy musical performances, food, shopping and entertainment.

On Friday, the Foothills Festival kicked off with performances by Ernie McClinton with Shotgun, Adam Hood and one of the weekend’s most anticipated performers, Deana Carter. The variety of music continued on Saturday, with a military band performance and tunes from Two Jimmy Band, Alvin Garrett, Michael “Rudy” Glasgow, Hero the Band, The Vorpal Sword, Vallejo, Looksy, Tonic and Smashley. The two-day event concluded with a 90-minute energized set from the Gin Blossoms.

The Athletic Arts Center and DreamFit team also entertained the crowd on Saturday.

Many visitors to the festival said they came to enjoy hearing their favorite artists perform.

“We were here listening to Deana Carter last night, and we’re looking forward to Gin Blossoms and Tonic,” Dana McCarver said on Saturday.

Another guest, Charlynne Adamson, added, “We’re really looking forward to the music tonight, particularly Smashley and Gin Blossoms.”

Aside from music, people at the Foothills Festival had a number of shopping options that included everything from crafts and clothing to jewelry and handbags.

“We really enjoy the booths more than anything. I think it’s great that Jasper can have an event like this,” Allecia Phenicie said.

The majority of downtown Jasper retailers and restaurants were open during the festival, which Maxine Dodson said was a strength for the district.

“The stores are more updated, and it’s just a fun place to be,” she said.

Children also had a variety of entertainment options during the festival that included carnival rides, movies shown on a large screen and more. One young boy, Carter Campbell, said he was looking forward to the children’s movie showing on Saturday night the most.

Food vendors kept the crowd full during the festival with barbecue, hotdogs and a variety of popular snacks.

For many, they made their inaugural trip to the Foothills Festival.

“This is my first time coming here,” Pat Wells said. “We’re just looking forward to enjoying the food and having a good time.”

Dwight Posey made the trip from Tuscaloosa and said early Saturday that he couldn’t wait to hear all of the performances.

“We’re just enjoying the bands and having a good time,” he said.

Tana Collins, event organizer and public relations officer for the City of Jasper, said, “We’ve had many children participate in this year’s event, and overall, we’ve exceeded last year’s attendance numbers. None of this would’ve been possible without all of our community partners.”

She added, “We’re just thrilled. It was phenomenal.”