This is a free Festival sponsored entirely by our Community Sponsors. There is no charge for admission or for any of the bands, but donations to the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce are greatly appreciated so that we may continue to bring the River Region new, break-out artists in the future.
The 2016 4th Annual Craterfest hosted by the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Wetumpka will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Gold Star Park, on the banks of the Coosa River in Downtown Wetumpka, AL (Main Street & Ready Street.) Free Admission.
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.
Crater Bus Mini-Tours April 16, 2016 1 PM – 5 pm Departing from City Administration Building 408 S. Main Streetevery Half Hour to view the rim of the Impact Crater and hear scientists and 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 and Video PresentationApril 16, 2016 1 PM – 5 PM City Administration Building Upstairs 408 S. Main Streetfeaturing 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 April 16, 2016 2 PM - 5 PM with Inflatables, Bounce House, Slide, Swings, Train, Obstacle Course, Dino Dig, Face Painting, Petting Zoo & Pony Rides, and JAKES Trailer.
Kiddie Characters Photo Opportunity Low Cost Photos with Barney the Dinosaur and Big Bird costumed characters courtesy of Chrietzberg Photography.
Wetumpka Rotary Club Presents River Region Duck Dash
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM April 16, 2016
Rubber Ducks will be racing along the Beautiful Coosa River in Downtown Wetumpka - Adopt a Duck. Make a Difference!
Cash Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Ducks!
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.
This is a free Festival sponsored entirely by our Community Sponsors. There is no charge for admission or for
any of the bands, but donations to the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce are greatly appreciated so that
we may continue to bring the River Region new, break-out artists in the future.
FEATURED HEADLINE ARTIST for 2016 CRATERFEST
Colt Ford’s story is so improbable, it could well be the subject for one of his songs, and indeed his autobiography is laced through his music on the five albums he’s released on his Average Joes Entertainment label over the past, from his 2008 debut, Ride Through the Country, to 2010’s Chicken & Biscuits, 2011’s Every Chance I Get, 2012’sDeclaration of Independence and last year’s Thanks for Listening. Answer to No One: The Colt Ford Classics collects 13 tracks from those five – and one from the 2010 Mud Digger compilation – for the most complete collection yet of his revolutionary mash-up of good old boy country and the rhythms of hip-hop, a groundbreaking combination.
Former Sirius/XM Highway PD John Marks said, whenever he played Colt Ford, “he moved the needle in sales, he moved the needle in social media… You have to be impressed with what he’s done, starting his own company and exposing a culture that many of us were completely unaware of. It’s amazing what he’s been able to accomplish through touring and marketing with very little airplay support.”
Four of Ford’s five albums have peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country chart, with Chicken & Biscuits (#8), Every Chance I Get(#3), Declaration of Independence (#1) and Thanks for Listening (#2), with the latter two hitting the Billboard 200 at #4 and #10, respectively. All his best-known hits are represented on Answer to No One, from his debut, “No Trash in My Trailer” and his duets with Brantley Gilbert (“Dirt Road Anthem”) and Jason Aldean (“Drivin’ Around Song”) to collaborations with Jake Owen (“Back”), Duck Dynasty’s Boss Hog Willie Robertson (“Cut ‘Em All”), Eric Church (“Country Thang”), Jamey Johnson (“Cold Beer”), John Michael Montgomery (“Ride Through the Country”) and the Nappy Roots and Nic Cowan (“Waste Some Time”).
For the Georgia native and one-time golf pro, now an entrepreneur and cultural pioneer who started playing the mud truck circuit then went on to touring with the likes of Toby Keith, Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line, and breaking into film with a recent cameo in David Spade’s Joe Dirt 2, Colt Ford’s compilation album allows him to take a breath and survey how far he’s come in seven short years.
A Big Thank you to our Presenting Festival Music Sponsor:
Return all applications by April 1st, 2016 to email@example.com
To Pay your Vendor Fees online & reserve your space, Click Here
SPONSORED BY WIND CREEK WETUMPKA
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 2016 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)
by the Wetumpka Impact Crater Commission
Delicious Food & Beverages
Crater Artwork Exhibit
River Region Duck Dash by the Wetumpka Rotary Club
Would you like to pay online for your Craterfest Vendor Booth? Click Here
VENDOR DEADLINE - Friday, April 1st, 2016 - ALL PAYMENTS AND APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S CRATERFEST!
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,April 9th, 2016 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!
* The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce does not accept booth reservations for political candidates, nor does the Chamber allow political candidates or their affiliates to take polls, surveys or otherwise engage patrons of the Wetumpka Craterfest festival before, during or after Craterfest festival hours or on any piece of property or building being used for festival purposes. The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce is directly prohibited from any political campaign intervention as it would violate our 501 (c) 3 status.
* The Prohibition on Political Campaign Intervention
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to all campaigns including campaigns at the federal, state and local level. Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Those section 501(c)(3) organizations that are private foundations are subject to additional restrictions that are not described in this fact sheet.
* What is Political Campaign Intervention?
Political campaign intervention includes any and all activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention. Distributing statements prepared by others that favor or oppose any candidate for public office will also violate the prohibition. Allowing a candidate to use an organization’s assets or facilities will also violate the prohibition if other candidates are not given an equivalent opportunity. Although section 501(c)(3) organizations may engage in some activities to promote voter registration, encourage voter participation, and provide voter education, they will violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention if they engage in an activity that favors or opposes any candidate for public office. Certain activities will require an evaluation of all the facts and circumstances to determine whether they result in political campaign intervention.
If you cannot download the Craterfest 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, April 1st, 2016 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 VIP 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 free VIP 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 free VIP 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 VIP 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!
5 k & Glow in the Dark Fun Run Gold Star Park (Behind City Admin Building), Wetumpka DATE : POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2016
Crater Crawl 5k and Glow-In-the-Dark Fun Run Behind Wetumpka City Administration Building
5:00 PM On-site Registration and Packet pick-up 8:00 PM 5k Race Start 8:00 PM Fun Run Start Awards immediately following race results
$20 5k Registered by ___ Includes t-shirt $25 Late and On-site Registrations $15 Fun Run Registered by _____ 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,
DATE: TBA ONLY from 9-11 am and 3-5 pm.
Awards will be given for most creative Glow-In-the-Dark participant DJ Sweet P will be mixing it up and spinning tunes to keep the party hopping! 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 DATE TBA. Thank you!
334-567-4811 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.wetumpkachamber.org
Congratulations to all who participated in the 2015 Crater Crawl Race!!!!
CRATER CRAWL RACE RESULTS 7/17/15 (See Bottom of Page for Printable Race Results in pdf format)
Age Group Race Results Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM - Top Males Overall in Crater Crawl 5K division - based on Gun Elapsed PlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace12Ben Reeves01:46.420:24:19.100:22:32.67:162288RICK HINTON01:46.420:24:23.200:22:36.87:173296BARRY PARKER01:46.420:25:19.100:23:32.67:35Age Group Race Results Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM - Top Females Overall in Crater Crawl 5K division - based on Gun PlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace11599Candace Garner01:46.420:26:48.800:25:02.48:05219Tara Wright01:46.420:27:12.100:25:25.68:123338Jessica Holbert01:46.420:27:47.900:26:01.48:24Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 14 and under in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1290JACOB EASTER01:46.420:27:07.800:25:21.48:112291BENNET BLANKINSHIP01:46.420:35:33.600:33:47.110:543208Jake Muffley01:46.420:38:00.200:36:13.711:41Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 20-29 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1400zach sprague01:46.420:28:07.400:26:20.98:302281MICHEAL BEALS01:46.420:28:26.400:26:39.98:363289Gaither Moman01:46.420:35:59.600:34:13.211:02Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 30-39 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1231Adam George01:46.420:43:44.300:41:57.913:32Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 40-49 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1294Greg Black01:46.420:29:28.500:27:42.18:562192Raymond Howell01:46.420:32:31.500:30:45.09:553286CHRIS MILLS01:46.420:44:40.800:42:54.313:504283Greg Meeks01:46.420:46:06.600:44:20.214:185389Otanaio Robinson01:46.420:50:11.400:48:25.015:376342Abby Migliore01:46.420:51:57.500:50:11.016:11Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 50-59 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1292chris biegler01:46.420:27:35.300:25:48.98:192280BUTCH BINFORD01:46.420:29:17.100:27:30.68:523476Ricky Locklar01:46.420:33:45.800:31:59.310:194204Dan Gates01:46.420:50:15.000:48:28.615:38Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 14 and under in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1337Hailey Holbert01:46.420:35:34.200:33:47.710:54Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 20-29 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1285LAURA BINFORD01:46.420:28:55.300:27:08.98:452299REBECCA BINFORD01:46.420:32:20.500:30:34.19:523282SARA BETH BEALS01:46.420:32:20.600:30:34.29:52Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 30-39 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1197Shelley Clark01:46.420:27:56.100:26:09.68:2621589Natalie Bearden01:46.420:28:06.700:26:20.38:303130April Collier01:46.420:28:43.000:26:56.68:414341Kathy Migliore01:46.420:28:47.100:27:00.68:4351580Cathryn Irvin01:46.420:31:57.300:30:10.89:446263Shannon McDonald01:46.420:33:29.300:31:42.810:147477Ashley Taylor01:46.420:41:42.500:39:56.112:538287MELISSA MILLS01:46.420:41:57.300:40:10.912:579109Tracey Edwards01:46.420:43:32.300:41:45.913:2810409Miranda Lucas01:46.420:51:09.100:49:22.615:5511295KELLY ROONEY01:46.420:51:58.100:50:11.716:11Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 40-49 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1298JULIE BLANKENSHIP01:46.420:35:40.300:33:53.910:56266Anne Marie Gault01:46.420:38:01.000:36:14.611:413346Candy Colbaugh01:46.420:39:06.400:37:19.912:024112Ann Lee01:46.420:43:40.900:41:54.413:315154Vicki Boger01:46.420:46:25.500:44:39.014:246270Evelyn Meeks01:46.420:47:00.800:45:14.414:357103Kathy Porter01:46.420:48:19.400:46:33.015:018340Kelsey Porter01:46.420:48:19.600:46:33.215:01Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 50-59 in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1297DEE COOK01:46.420:28:24.800:26:38.48:352303Sheryle Reeves01:46.420:32:34.200:30:47.89:563293Dominique Swinson01:46.420:34:08.300:32:21.910:264284SANDRA BINFORD01:46.420:36:27.000:34:40.611:115198Carllene Johns01:46.420:38:37.400:36:51.011:536496terry estes01:46.420:42:24.500:40:38.013:067475Linda Locklar01:46.420:45:16.100:43:29.614:02Age Group Race Report as of 7/17/2015 8:55:51 PM for 60+ in division Crater Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timePlaceBib #NameStartFinishTotalPace1148Wanda Turner01:46.420:43:33.600:41:47.213:29Crawl 5K division - based on Gun Elapsed timeAge Crawl 5K division - based on Gun Elapsed timeAge Crawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeCrawl 5K - based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed timeAge based on Gun Elapsed time
Crater Mini Bus Tours April 16th, 2016 1 PM - 5 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 April 16th 1 PM - 5 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.