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Thousands turn out for this year's Wetumpka Craterfest

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

People from all over the state, and beyond, including Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and even Canada were all right here in the small town of Wetumpka, a place known for something particularly unique.

"We are here to raise awareness about the crater," said Vanessa Lynch, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. "Wetumpka was hit by an asteroid over 83 million years ago, so we are a real impact crater site and we just want to let people know more about that and have people visit."

The Craterfest is not only a time for people to enjoy some scientific history, but also the arts with live music and plenty of crafts.

"It is just great to bring people out and get them together," said Rosemary Oliver, a Montgomery resident. "They love it, especially when it is free!"

For vendors like Christee Dejarnett, it's events like this that help her business, Wreaths and More, continue to grow.

"We're a small business that is just starting out, and you meet people from all around the world," Dejarnett said. "People travel far and beyond to come to these events and it draws a large crowd."

But beyond her shop, Dejarnett believes the festival gives a big boost to Wetumpka and the entire river region.

"We just met some customers that are all the way from Mississippi," Dejarnett said. "They're gonna be here the whole week, so that's gonna be good for the economy as well.

City leaders say that's exactly the reason behind the Craterfest, In fact they say this and similar events are what attract people to chose this city to call home.

"Wetumpka is just a very special place and we want to make sure people have a reason to come here because we know once they see it they will want to stay," Lynch said.

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