The 2015 3rd Annual Craterfest hosted by the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015,
2:00 P.M. - 7:00 PM (Vendor Set-up Friday evening April 17th after 5 pm through Saturday Morning until 1 pm - must be set up completely by 2:00 pm when festival opens to public) 2:00 P.M. (Open to Public) to 7:00 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 Events:
Crater Tours and Artwork Exhibit
2 PM - 5 PM
Festival Begins at 2:00 PM
Main Stage Performers begin at 2:00 PM
Show Closes at 7:00 PM
Bands will perform in the following order:
Crater Bus Tours April 18th 2 PM - 5 PM Departing from LOCATION TBA every Half Hour
Cost: $5 (Free for Small Children sitting in parent's lap)
Crater Artwork Exhibit April 18th 2:00 - 5:00 PM LOCATION TBA 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
March 5, 2015 Free Crater Lecture 7 p.m. Civic Center 410 S. Main Street, Wetumpka March 7, 2015 Crater Tours To register call 334-567-5147
Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce announces its plans for the 2nd Annual Wetumpka Craterfest, a large scale music festival with arts and crafts, concessions, Wetumpka Impact Crater Displays and a Kidzone to be held on Saturday April 19th, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the banks of the Coosa River at GoldStar Park in Downtown Wetumpka, Alabama. Last year’s attendance figures were around 10,000 with a strong focus on attracting tourism to the area while maintaining the community aspect and offering the event at no cost with the help of sponsorships from community businesses.
American Country, Bluegrass and rock musician, Chris Stapleton will be the headline act sponsored by Wind Creek Wetumpka Casino and Hotel. He is an established songwriter with four number one songs including "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" recorded by George Strait, "Your Man" by Josh Turner and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker. His first single, "What Are You Listening To" was released on July 1, 2013.
Support Acts will include American Country Music band and Alabama local, Drake White & The Big Fire, who have opened up performances for such musicians as Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church, Tyler Bryant and Channing Wilson. Announcements regarding additional support acts, sponsorship and vendor applications can be viewed on the Chamber's website or facebook page.
“We saw this as a great opportunity to brand Wetumpka’s rare treasure; the story of the impact crater, as only we can tell it here in the Eastern United States” says Vanessa Lynch, Executive Director of the WACC. Plans for this year's festival will involve Crater lectures from the Wetumpka Crater Commission, Crater drawings and related activities that educate and bring attention to the Wetumpka Impact Crater.
The Children's area will include face painting, inflatables, train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, art projects and more. The Wetumpka High School Fishing Team Trailer and the Angler’s for Kids Entertainment Trailer with famous characters in costume will be in attendance along with a photo and autograph opportunity with Lee Mason and his Racing Car #34 sponsored by Country’s BBQ. The Wetumpka library’s local Author Book Pavilion will give everyone the chance to meet local authors, discuss their books and collect autographs.
Attendees will have the opportunity to browse unique arts and crafts, delicious concessions and informative business booths. Free health screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol will also be available.
Return all applications by March 27, 2015 to email@example.com
To Pay your Vendor Fees online & reserve your space, Click Here
ART IMPACTTHE WETUMPKA IMPACT CRATER COMMISSION
Crater Art Contest
Crater Art Due
Friday, March 6, 2015: School Tours
Saturday, March 7, 2015: Public Tours
Each year the Wetumpka Crater Commission hosts Crater Tours, which are lead by graduate students of geology from Auburn University. This year's Crater Tours are scheduled for early March. To register for a tour, please contact the City of Wetumpka @ 334-567-5147.
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.
If you have art supplies that you would like to donate to our public schools, please contact us.
MoreArt Impact is an educational art program about Wetumpka, Alabama's Impact Crater, the Cretaceous Period and related paleoart.The Crater Art Contest is open to: Grades K - 12, College Students and Adults. Deadline For Art Entries: January 15, 2015 @ 4pmDownload Art Impact ProspectusView Power Point Presentations ***
CRATERFEST 2015 ACTIVITIES
Arts & Crafts
Kid Zone with Inflatables, Kiddie Train, Swings, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides
Wetumpka Impact Crater Lectures & Bus Tours
Tour Cost is $5, (free for child sitting in parent's lap) by the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission
Would you like to pay online for your Craterfest Vendor Booth? CLICK HERE:
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,March 27th,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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer for Craterfest on Saturday, April 18, 2015 on the banks of the Coosa River in beautiful downtown Wetumpka, Alabama and 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 Bus Tours April 18th 2 PM - 5 PM Departing from LOCATION TBA 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 April 18th 2:00 - 5:00 PM LOCATION TBA 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.
** FREE Impact Crater Lecture, March 5, 2015 Wetumpka Civic Center 7:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. David King, Jr., Professor and Geologist at Auburn University who discovered shocked quartz and anomalous iridium values proving that the structure was in fact, an impact crater.
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.