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April 8, 2013

Fifth annual presentation of Webb City fest in offing

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City officials are estimating that well more than 20,000 people might turn out this weekend for the fifth annual Springtime on Broadway.

The festival is scheduled Friday through Sunday along Broadway and Main Street, with free admission to all three days of activities that include music, craft vendors and artists. Erin Braker, Webb City development coordinator, said the city has learned a great deal during the previous four festivals.

“We raised the bar on our entertainment this year, and the feedback from the downtown merchants has been highly positive,” Braker said. “We wanted to expand so that we bring in more crowds. I don’t think hitting 30,000 people this year is out of the question.”

Friday’s lineup will feature ’80s tribute band Members Only, of Springfield, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday will see a pair of country bands on the main stage. The Route 66 Swing Band will perform a blend of classic country from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Jody Schmidt Band, of Bartlesville, Okla., will bring its flavor of country rock for a two-hour set starting at 8 p.m.

Braker said the festival is exclusively funded through sponsorships, and a number of groups throughout the city have been involved in preparing for the event.

“This is everyone coming together, from our parks department, chamber, public works, city electricians, to make this work,” Braker said. “This has become a true Webb City project. We are all working toward the same goal of a successful festival.”

The profits generated by the event will be invested in downtown projects and future festivals.

“Our goal is to reinvest everything we can right back into the city,” Braker said. “We want to have improvements that we can look at and say that this came from our work on Springtime on Broadway.”

Crafts, exhibits

THE FESTIVAL, in addition to bands, will feature more than 35 crafters and exhibitors for the weekend.

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