CRATERFEST has been rescheduled for Halloween Day, October 31, 2015 from Noon to 4 pm at Gold Star Park in Wetumpka.
The 2015 3rd Annual Craterfest hosted by the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Wetumpka will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015, Noon - 4:00 PM
(Vendor Set-up Friday evening Oct 30th after 5 pm through Saturday Morning until 11 am - must be set up completely by Noon when festival opens to public)
Noon (Open to Public) to 4:00 P.M Gold Star Park, on the banks of the Coosa River in Downtown Wetumpka, AL (Main Street & Ready Street.) Free.
Craterfest is an annual festival featuring music, entertainment, arts and crafts and concessions generating interest in the region's only marine impact crater with a focus on family fun, delicious food and educational crater activities.
Gold Star Park
212 South Main Street
Wetumpka, AL 36092
Schedule of Craterfest Events:
Crater Tours and Artwork Exhibit
Location: City Administration Building
408 South Main Street, Wetumpka
Noon - 4 PM
Festival Begins at Noon
Main Stage Performers begin at Noon
Show Closes at 4:00 PM
Crater Bus Mini-Tours Oct. 31 Noon - 4 PM Departing from LOCATION: City Administration Building 408 S. Main Street every Half Hour to view the rim of the Impact Crater and hear members of the Crater Commission discuss details on the Impact Crater.
Cost: $5 (Free for Small Children sitting in parent's lap)
Crater Artwork Exhibit Oct. 31st Noon - 4:00 PM LOCATION: City Administration Building Upstairs 408 S. Main Street featuring artwork by our talented community artists and entries from local schools depicting life in the Crater. Are you an artist and are interested in participating in the exhibit? Click Here for Info.
KIDZONE with Inflatables, Bounce House, Slide, Swings, Train, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
Click here for more info: Dr. David King, Jr., Professor and Geologist at Auburn University who discovered shocked quartz and anomalous iridium values who proved that the structure was in fact, an impact crater.
Return all applications by March 27, 2015 to email@example.com
To Pay your Vendor Fees online & reserve your space, Click Here
Wetumpka, Alabama, sits right on the bull’s eye of the greatest natural disaster in Alabama’s history. The hills just east of downtown are the eroded remains of a five mile wide Impact Crater that was blasted into the bedrock of Elmore County. The mighty blast occurred near the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs, about 85 million years ago. All around the circular pattern of hills that make up the remaining rim of the crater, the hard rocks of the Piedmont are bent sharply and point away from the center of the impact. The normally horizontal layers of more recent surface rocks are mixed in and around the crater, sugesting an incredible explosion that would have destroyed all life for a radius of about forty miles.
Each year we celebrate our unique heritage with the Wetumpka Crater Festival, a family-oriented festival filled with music, food, arts and crafts, a Free Kidzone with inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo and more, along with our main attraction - the Crater Mini-tours, where the public can take a short (20 minute) expert-guided tour via bus to view the outer rim of the Impact Crater. The Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission sponsors these tours each year giving the public an in-depth look at our local legacy.
CRATERFEST 2015 ACTIVITIES
Arts & Crafts
Kid Zone with Inflatables
Kiddie Train and Swings
Wetumpka Impact Crater Lectures & Bus Tours
Tour Cost is $5, (free for child sitting in parent's lap)
Would you like to pay online for your Craterfest Vendor Booth? CLICK HERE:
IF YOU PREVIOUSLY REGISTERED AS A VENDOR FOR OUR APRIL CRATERFEST THAT WAS RESCHEDULED, YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED AS A VENDOR FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2015. THANK YOU!
All Craterfest Booth Fees are as follows:
Vendor Fee - No Electric - $100
Vendor Fee with Electric - $125
Chamber Member Vendor Fee - No Electric - $50
Chamber Member Vendor Fee with Electric - $75
Your payment must accompany your Vendor Application, Signature page, and Electrical Application
(see above section) for committee approval. Once approved, we will contact you by email and let you know your vendor booth number. After the Friday,OCTOBER 9th, 2015 deadline, we will mail out packages to all vendors with parking passes, directions, booth number, a grid map and instructions for the day. Thank you for your support of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce!
If you cannot download the application files in .pdf form above, please call the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce Office
(334) 567-4811 and request an application to be mailed or e-mailed. Thank you!
Your payment must accompany your Vendor Application, Signature page, and Electrical Application
(see Arts & Crafts, Business & Food Vendor Application section.)
If you are a home-based business that sells a "Brand-Specific Product" such as Mary Kay, AVON, Thirty One Gifts, Etc.., please call first before you pay online to make sure no one else with that product has already registered. For "Brand-Specific Products", we allow only one booth per each brand per year and those that sign up first are usually awarded the booth according to committee vote.
You may also mail in your paperwork along with your payment to before the DEADLINE of Friday, October 9, 2015 to :
Craterfest Committee, 110 East Bridge Street, Wetumpka, AL 36092.
Should you have any questions, please call Jamie Young at (334) 567-4811 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you to our amazing volunteers who make Craterfest possible! Our Craterfest Committee gives unselfishly of their time and their talents for months prior to Craterfest and then giving up family time on Craterfest weekend. They are the best volunteers any organization could ever have! Thank you Volunteers! We love you!
Volunteer Information and Benefits
Craterfest would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. Volunteering is a fun way to meet new people and promote the Wetumpka Impact Crater in the community.
Yes! I would like to volunteer for the following position/areas for Craterfest:
_____Set - Up/Break Down,
_____VIP Tent/ Hospitality Area,
_____Security / Parking
_____Welcome Center Tent
Energetic, Friendly volunteers are needed in the following areas:
Responsibility: Enjoy meeting people? Give vendors a much needed 5-15 break. Volunteers will be teamed in pairs and assigned to specific areas of the festival to assist vendors watching their booths during breaks and providing assistance and refreshments as needed during the day. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the vendors. Benefit: Free Drink Pass and T-Shirt
VIP Tent Decorating Committee
Responsibility: Assist with party decor, includes decorating the VIP tent and arranging food and beverages. Decorating Committee volunteers will receive wristbands to attend the VIP backstage party and T-shirt.
VIP Tent/ Hospitality Tent Setup
Responsibilities: Welcome patrons in hospitality tent, set up food, drinks & needs for artists and musicians. Volunteers will also serve as hosts to answer questions and provide information and assistance as needed. Tent Setup volunteers will receive wristbands to attend the VIP backstage party and T-shirts.
VIP Tent Backstage Party Help(Restricted to Chamber Ambassadors only)
Responsibility: Assists with wristbands at entrance to VIP Area, helping with drinks and food, and answering questions. VIP Backstage party help will receive wristbands to attend the VIP backstage party, meet the headline act and receive T-shirts.
Responsibilities:(Placing Temp. tattoos and stickers on children / Inflatables Supervision/ Kids Art area)
KidZone Volunteers will receive a Chamber tote bag, free drink pass and T-Shirt.
Responsibilities: Checking for Vendor Parking Passes, Check for VIP Passes, Alerting Police to potential problems, Information - Telling vendors where to park & about shuttles pickups. Security / Parking Volunteers will receive a Chamber Tote Bag, free drink pass and T-shirt.
Welcome Center / Festival Greeters
Responsibility: Greeters are needed at the Welcome Center/ Information Booth to welcome patrons, distribute festival maps and provide general directions and information about activities, artists, musical performances and schedules. You must be 16 or older to help us a Festival Greeter. Benefits: Free Drink Pass and T-shirt.
Call (334) 567-4811 or email Jamie Young at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer for Craterfest we will make every effort to accommodate you, but in some cases we may need to reassign your role, so please be flexible.
Thank you to all our hardworking (and very much appreciated) Volunteers for making this year’s Craterfest event successful!
Crater Crawl 5k and Glow-In-the-Dark Fun Run Friday, July 17th behind Wetumpka City Administration Building
5:00 PM On-site Registration and Packet pick-up 7:15 PM 5k Race Start 8:00 PM Fun Run Start 8:15 Awards
$20 5k Registered by July 6th Includes t-shirt $25 Late and On-site Registrations $15 Fun Run Registered by July 6th Includes t-shirt $20 Late and On-site registrations $10 Fun Run (Option no T-shirt)
Early packet pick-up will be available at the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce 110 East Bridge Street,
July 15-16th ONLY from 9-11 am and 3-5 pm.
Awards will be given for most creative Glow-In-the-Dark participant DJ Sweet P and Big Papa will be playing music Be sure to wear your glow sticks!
The course will begin along the Wetumpka River Walk in Gold Star Park and wind through downtown, crossing the scenic Bibb Graves Bridge at Sunset.
Interested in volunteer opportunities for yourself or your school/civic group? Fill out the volunteer form at the very bottom of this page and return to the Chamber office by Friday, July 10th, 2015. Thank you!
334-567-4811 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.wetumpkachamber.org
Crater Bus Tours October 31st Noon - 4 PM Departing from LOCATION: City Administration Building 408 S. Main Street, Wetumpka every Half Hour
Cost: $5 (Free for Small Children sitting in parent's lap) View our Marine Impact Crater and hear it's story as told by the Crater Commission.
Crater Artwork Exhibit October 31st Noon - 4:00 PM LOCATION: City Administration Building 408 S. Main Street featuring artwork by our talented community artists and entries from local schools depicting their vision of life in the Crater. Watch a film on the history of the Crater. Free.
The location of the Wetumpka Astrobleme —“star-wound”— originated from a cosmic event that occurred some 80 to 83 million years ago. It was confirmed only recently, after more than two years of extensive investigation and deep earth core drilling conducted on site. It is one of the few above-ground impact crater locations in the United states and one of only about six in the entire World. Even more unusual is the fact that the structure is actually exposed (as you can see from the rim evidence in these photographs). Despite the weathering that has occurred through millions of years, the crater walls are still prominent, so the rim was obviously much higher at one time. The projectile of the meteor impact was probably travelling between 10 and 20 miles per second. So this means the impact would have produced winds in excess of 500 miles per hour, and the meteor most likely struck at a 30-45 degree angle as it came from the northeast. They determined that it came from the northeast by the angle at which the rocks are slanted within the impact area which includes the current flow path of the Coosa River. This can be seen looking from both directions on the Bibb Graves Bridge.
Geologists speculate that the shock waves, the damage, and other effects of the impact explosion radiated out from the strike several hundred miles. Debris may have been thrown as far away as the present Gulf of Mexico. Geologists also theorize that the strike area would have been under a shallow sea, perhaps 300 to 400 feet of water, that covered most of southern Alabama at the time of the impact.
It is estimated that the diameter of the meteorite to be 1,100 feet and could have been as much as three to four times larger. Rock samples were obtained for laboratory analysis for evidence of “shocked quartz.” Quoting from an article in The Wetumpka Herald published on July 1, 1999, “Another piece of evidence confirming meteoritic impact was uncovered …the unusual amounts of iridium, an element relatively common in asteroids and meteorites, but relatively uncommon in the Earth’s crust. Iridium, detected in amounts of approximately 200 parts per trillion within Wetumpka drill-core samples, is considered an anomalously high concentration. This discovery is important proof that an asteroid vaporized upon impact, thus contributing some of its iridium atoms to crater-filling rocks. Discovery of iridium abundance at Wetumpka follows the February 1999 announcement of the discovery of impact-produced shocked quartz in the core samples. Shocked quartz grains are found only in impact craters, and their discovery is considered the most important means of proving meteoritic impacts of the past.
One distinctively unique feature is its horseshoe-shaped ridge of rock which is not submerged in water or covered or eroded beyond visibility. In spite of the millions of years of weathering, the crater walls are still prominent with the rim approximately three to four miles wide.
A panoramic view of the highest point on the crater rim at Bald Knob Mountain is visible from routes into town. The Coosa River flows across the western edge of the crater. From the Bibb Graves Bridge one can easily see the upturned rock tilting in the direction of the crater. Outcroppings of dramatically upturned rock formations are visible along US Highway 231.
There is a Crater Impact Commission consisting of six members—three appointed by the City of Wetumpka and three appointed by the Elmore County Commission. They will be holding public hearings regarding the future development and use of this very rare anomaly in our City, including an interpretative center located on Highway 231 in Wetumpka, AL.
If you would like more information on the Crater Tours scheduled for each February, please contact the City of Wetumpka at
(334) 567-5147. If you would like more information on the Wetumpka Impact Crater please click on the links below.