Wesley Chapel prepares for second annual event
Less than four months from now, the village of Wesley Chapel will play host to a parade, a 5k run and dozens of booths as the second annual Heritage Festival takes place. The event, to be held Oct.1, is coming together through the work of volunteers. Project Coordinator Diana Bowler gave the town council an update on the project Tuesday, July 19, explaining where things stood financially and what kind of progress was being made.
The town donated $3,000 to help fund the festival, with organizers collecting another $3,970. An additional $2,900 is anticipated in scholarships. Organizers are looking at everything from a bounce house to a rock climbing structure, but held off finalizing the items they would have, until collecting more information.
“We are getting quotes and finalizing quotes on some of the items,” Bowler said, adding that the budget numbers could change. “These are tentative numbers, these are not set in stone.”
She told council members by the end of August, a complete budget should be before them.
A 5k run will be held at 8 a.m., organized by the Wesley Chapel franchise of Anytime Fitness. The festival itself will start at 10 a.m, running until 4 p.m that afternoon.
Residents won’t be able to park at the nearby church for this year’s event, however. A wedding is scheduled for the same day, so signs stating no festival parking are expected to be out. Additionally, festival goers will have to park in the Harris Teeter and Wachovia lot, as ongoing construction near Target will prevent much traffic there. Both Harris Teeter and Wachovia said they would allow festival goers to use their parking lot.
The village is looking for people to display their crafts, someone to sell pottery and also food vendors, all tying back in to the area’s heritage. Anyone interested in taking part in this year’s festival can request an application, sent out via e-mail, from the Wesley Chapel Town Center. The clerk’s number is 704-243-7391.