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Last year's event

Summer Fest coming in June

By Michael Butler

Back in the early days of Tallassee, Mount Vernon Mills held the annual "4th of July Picnic" attracting thousands of locals each year. That event gave way to the carnival coming to town - which also landed around Independence Day every summer.

There have been other summer outings, but the one that is becoming a new tradition is called "Summer Fest" put on by the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce, and it returns in 2023.

"The city's helping us by bringing a lot of picnic tables from the school," said Tallassee Chamber director Jerry Cunningham of the seating arrangements, akin to the pinic event of days gone by.

Despite the hot and humid summer days, Summer Fest drew a large crowd last year.

"We're going to have a tent with a couple of spray-misting fans, a cooling station so to speak," Cunningham noted.

Summer Fest is set for Saturday, June 17 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the grounds at Tallassee City Hall with more than 50 arts and crafts vendors attending.

"We have a lot of different events - something for everybody to enjoy," Cunningham said. "We try to evaluate by going to other festivals to see what we can do better."

Cunningham's recent visits have been to Pratttville and Cullman, as well as one in McDonough, Ga.

"We're trying to come up with fresh ideas rather than saying, 'We did it this way last year. Let's do it again.' The key thing is, you've got to keep reinventing yourself."