CULLMAN – This year’s Smith Lake Park Fireworks & Music Festival kicks off at 8 a.m. this Wednesday, July 4. There will be arts and crafts, food, live music, and of course, fireworks.
The Tribune spoke with Brittney Heron, manager at Smith Lake Park, about the event and she said there's already many campers there in preparation for it.
“We have close to 300 campsites,” said Heron. “All of our camp sites are full, so we have overflow at primitive camping that we’re actually putting people in now, because we’re so full at our campground.”
The event will feature plenty of activities for kids and families in addition to the live music and fireworks, according to Heron.
“We'll have blow-ups for the children that they can play on, a game trailer, and a petting zoo where kids can actually ride the horses around and see different animals,” Heron said. “There will be a Pepsi chugging contest and a golf cart parade where participants will decorate their golf carts in red white and blue and flags.”
Heron said of the extensive planning that goes into an event like this, “We have meetings with the Cullman Emergency Management Agency to organize and make sure everybody is on the same page as far as getting everyone out of here safely after the fireworks, because there are so many people inside the park. The Cullman County Sheriff's Office will provide security for the event and some of our local volunteer fire departments will be here as well for safety.”
Admission for the family-friendly event is $5 per person. The fireworks are slated to start at 9 p.m. and at that time the road entering the park, County Road 385, will be closed to incoming traffic. This is to allow those leaving the park to exit more easily by turning the road into a two lane one-way-only exit. All traffic exiting in the right lane will turn right onto County Road 813 and all traffic in the left lane will turn left onto 813.
Heron has some advice for attendees of this year’s event: “Keep your wristbands; that way if you go out you can come back in as long as you have your wrist bands. Wear lots of sun screen and stay hydrated because it is going to be hot.”
Lineup of events
- Justin Holt 9:30 a.m.
- Terry Adams 11 a.m.
- Crushing Atlas 1 p.m.
- Golf Cart Parade & Pepsi Chugging Contest 3 p.m.
- Clay Barker 3:30 p.m.
- Try Lewis 5:30 p.m.
- The Steel Woods 7:30 p.m.
- Fireworks show 9 p.m.
Copyright 2018 Humble Roots, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Tribune file photo