Peach Jam marks another successful year despite stormBy Emily Beckett Published 5:30pm Monday, June 30, 2014
The first three hours of the 2014 Peach Jam Jubilee went on without a hitch as hundreds of people and vendors filled Clanton City Park to enjoy a night of live entertainment and food.
Then, a thunderstorm hit at about 9 p.m.
Chilton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Brittani Ellison said an announcement was made at 8:45 p.m. about the impending storm to give people a chance to evacuate the park.
“EMA let us know the weather was coming in,” Ellison said. “We kind of shut down the entertainment and let the crowd know. We wanted to give everyone a heads-up.”
Ellison said Valley Road Bluegrass, the final band to take the stage, was able to perform for only about 10 minutes before crowds dispersed.
Two bands, Elevate and Southern Pride, performed before Valley Road Bluegrass.
After the storm passed, the Chamber and Stokes Automotive announced the winner of a $1,000 giveaway.
Ellison said 134 arts and crafts vendors came to the event, which was 10-15 more than the 2013 Peach Jam.
“We had more vendors than we’ve ever had,” Ellison said, adding the attendance at this year’s Peach Jam seemed to be equal to, if not higher than, last year’s.
“I think it was a very successful event this year,” she said. “ We had a great response from our sponsors, and we had plenty of volunteers that took the time to spend the day with us and set up. I think that we had a good crowd that was able to enjoy it for the time that we were able to with the weather.”
The Chamber sponsors the annual event, which also included tethered hot air balloon rides, Kid Zone with inflatables and amusement rides for children and performances by Central Cheer Dance and Twirl, Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness and Just Dance.