Based on its history of success, and if the weather is agreeable, thousands should turn out for Saturday’s 19th annual Bremen Towne Festival, sponsored by the GFWC Bremen Junior Woman’s Club, according to coordinator Linda Bulifant.
“Police estimated that we had some 4,000 to 5,000 people at past festivals,” said Bulifant, who is directing the event for the 13th time. “We’ve got a little bit of everything. We want to bring everybody to town to have some fun. Exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and our street dance will conclude the day from 7 to 10 p.m.
“We usually have about 80 vendors, including arts and crafts, food and drinks, a parade at 10 a.m., two great entertainment venues, children’s activities such as pony rides, train rides, swing rides, a petting zoo, space ball, moon walk, big slide and whirly bird,” she said. “This festival is one of many fundraisers by the Bremen Junior Woman’s Club, all of which benefit the community.”
Berenice Arellano, president of the Junior Woman’s Club, said she was enthusiastic about the event.
“I’m looking forward to another successful festival. I hope it will be as good as last year when we had adults and children from throughout the county. We’ve advertised in several different areas. I’ve been in the club since 2004, and we have great organizers.”
According to Bulifant, the Junior Woman’s Club will set up in front of City Hall, selling tickets to the Dec. 1 Tour of Homes and jewelry raffle on behalf of Caring Christmas for needy families. Their booth will also feature “That’s My Pan” monogrammed cooking items, a donation box for a handicapped accessible playground at the sports complex, and 25-cent post cards to help Canine Companions. Also, a “Socks for Soldiers” collection box will available for donations of white or gray crew and tube socks.
“The festival parade starts at 10 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church, 104 Lakeview Drive; proceeds south on U.S. Business Highway 27 to U.S. Highway 78; turns west; and then heads back over the railroad tracks, ending at the post office. Tom Eriquezzo, WGMI Radio sports announcer, will be the parade commentator,” she added.
Bulifant said the Bremen High School Marching Blue Devils will perform at the fountain on Tallapoosa Street after the parade. Tanner Health Systems’ 40-foot long pink mobile mammography unit will be also be on-and and will be one of the many entries in the parade. The annual Toys for Tots campaign will collect new unwrapped toys, directed by Curtis Eidson of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Several churches and civic groups will have informational displays, and WKNG will broadcast Rotary Radio Day at the event.
According to volunteer promoter Johnny Moss, a variety of entertainment will start every half hour in two separate stage areas. At 11 a.m., performances start on Buchanan Street (Stage 2), including Airtime Tumblers, Fever Performing Arts, Shana Bishop, Stacy’s Dance Centre, Brandon Wiley, Southern Komfort and Michelle’s Academy of Dance. At 11:30 a.m., on Tallapoosa Street (Stage 1), Morgan Taylor entertains, followed by Autumn Scarlett, Brittney Benefield, James Buckner, Kelsey Thompson, David Gresham, Alan Coleman, Allen Hutchinson and Mylee Conner. Moss’s facebook flyer states that two groups – Michael Jack & The Psychedelic Rodeo and Dirt South Band – will provide the music for the dance on Tallapoosa Street from 7 to 10 p.m.