Jubilee, Hangout prepare to attract thousands

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - This week, crews are getting preparing for this year's rendition of Jubilee Cityfest.

"We're tightening up on all the last minute details. Working with the vendors, the exhibitors. The fireworks company. It takes 4 days to set up this show," said Marianne McLeod, the event's executive director.

Jubilee isn't the only big gig in Alabama this weekend.

Preparations are also underway for Hangout Music Fest, a three day event boasting dozens of top performers.

McLeod says the double booking shouldn't be an issue.  In fact, keeping entertainment closer to home may prove to be the economic option.

"It's such a value for the dollar. Unbelievable. Great family weekend. Hotels are offering great rates," McLeod explained.

Downtown businesses owners aren't worried.  In fact, workers are excited to welcome the crowds.

"I heard so much about it from locals that come in to eat, like our posters and stuff, so I'm excited," said Marcus Castro, an employee at "Cantina," which just opened this week.

While some people say they're not headed downtown this year, others are excited to see acts like Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae--and have a fun time at home.

"Really, it's something to do in Montgomery for the weekend. There's not much to do, and just something else new and something different," said Travis Miller of Montgomery.

Jubilee organizers expect to make a major announcement Tuesday.

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