New additions at this year’s Fab 4th celebration

Published 1:31 pm Thursday, July 3, 2008

&bsp;There will be some new additions to the attractions at the Columbus Fab 4th festival this year, which will be held Saturday in downtown Columbus starting at 10 a.m.

This year there will be even more entertainment. In addition to the main stage in Stearns Park, there will be a street stage on Mills Street at Walker Street.

Headlining the entertainment on the main stage this year will be Pinecastle recording artists Beth Stevens and the Dixie Beeliners. Other main stage music will be an assortment of classic rock, 80s rock, blues, funk, cajun and Americana.

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On the street stage, performers will include Ali Baston, Dance Dynamics, Drummer, Rich Bauer, Anna Marie Kuether, Big Road, Stray Silver Bullet Band and the Lonesome Road Band.

Festival organizers also put forth more effort to attract craft vendors, Daniel Hallstrom said. According to Hallstrom, the town filled every available booth space.

Another new event this year will be a rock climbing wall, which should be a big attraction for the younger crowds, Hallstrom said.

In addition, the town invested in a more robust fireworks display, he said.

&dquo;We really tried to hear what people were saying about the event and work toward providing for them,&dquo; he said. &dquo;Needless to say, we are looking forward to a really fun festival.&dquo;

The fireworks display will begin at 9:45 p.m.