Organizers: Jubilee's split schedule promising

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jubilee Cityfest will be singing a different tune this time around as a scaled back version of its former self.

"They've got the train shed, it's covered, but then you have the amphitheater and a great view of the riverfront area, and really we've allowed that area to be our central gathering spot," explained Brian Key, media relations director for the festival.

Gone are the days of multiple gates, blocked roads and boundaries, according to organizers.  Old Alabama Town is also in the mix, hosting races and a 'front porch fair' for families.

"We're going to have BBQ, lazy cornbread--just a good southern day on the front porch," said OAT's Buffy Lockette.

The split schedule--and side events, like a 'brewfest' at the train shed--gives organizers a bit more financial freedom.

"It has allowed us to keep the overall ticket price a little lower," Key explained.

Business owners say a refined approach may be a good thing.

"It had gotten to the point where it had cost too much with the stages, and now you can spend more money on the acts, you can spend more money on what people want," said Bob Parker, owner of Dreamland BBQ.

With the new format ready to go, residents are anxious to see how Jubilee plays out.

"I think it's been good in the past. Some people have said it could change a little bit, so we'll see what happens," said David Bess of Montgomery.

Business owners also say having the events spread across two weekends means less concern about a rain out.

Organizers tell WSFA 12 News ticket sales are steady.  They're hoping numbers pick up before Saturday.

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