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April 4, 2014

Webb City gearing up for sixth annual festival

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Organizers of Webb City’s sixth annual Springtime on Broadway predict a record number of visitors during this month’s free two-day festival.

Erin Turner, Community Development coordinator, said with new vendors and more advertising than normal, she thinks the festival will have its best attendance so far — if the weather cooperates.

“The weather was perfect last year,” she said, adding nearly 12,000 people attended throughout the weekend.

The festival along Broadway and Main streets will be open from noon until 10 p.m. Friday, April 11, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the next day.

Springtime on Broadway will have more than 40 vendors, as well as carnival rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, bounce houses and food.

“We just want everybody to come out and have a good time,” Turner said. “It’s a way for people who have a little bit of spring fever to get out and enjoy the community.”

She said everything is under a tent, “So rain or shine, it will happen.”

The entertainment lineup includes: Big Smitty, Diversity Band, Vokal Maffia, Stowaway Gypsy, Among the Lost, Redeemed, Thunder Martial Arts, the Webb City Singers, Pinocchio School of Dance, One Knight Stand and Julian Davis.

The festival is funded through partnerships, and profits generated will be invested in beautifying downtown Webb City.

“We just really wanted to give back and help preserve our heritage,” Turner said.

BEER GARDEN

The festival also will have a beer garden that is sponsored by the Webb City Elks Lodge.

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