Tuesday, September 30, 2014

News
Big Weekend For Montgomery
By Alabama News Network


One of last year's most successful events is making a return to Montgomery and organizers say it's even bigger and better than last year. 

Southern Makers is an event featuring crafts and food from across the state. 
 
Tiffany Bell, the event coordinator, says they're expecting thousands of people to come this year. 
 
"We have a lot of surprises in store for southern makers. We're increasing capacity so we can fit two thousand people at this event which is great. We had a sold out event and the demand was there last year so we've done everything we can to fit more people in," said Bell.
 
Just across from the train shed where Southern Makers is getting set up, hundreds of dancers from across the southeast are preparing for performances at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center.
 
The South Eastern Regional Ballet Association Festival lets dancers hone their craft and compete for scholarships for college and summer programs.
 
"Over 650 dancers, 18 companies around the southeast, and we've brought them here for this four day festival. We're just so excited to be able to show off our city," said Casey Bailey with the Alabama Dance Theater.
 
And the dancers are excited to be here.
 
"I love taking jazz classes and I'm also a teacher so I get to experience those teachers and learn from them even if I'm not taking the class which is great," said Kylie Morton.
 
Montgomery's Director of Tourism Meg Lewis says weekends like this bring thousands of dollars to the city.
 
"We've also got the Fitzgerald Gala going on, biscuits games, the harriett two is running, this is going to be a weekend where you see people all over the streets of downtown and other areas getting out and enjoying the great weather and hopefully spending money."