Volunteers and organizers have been working around the clock trying to prepare for more than 125,000 people here at the parade and street fair and another 100,000 at the fireworks extravaganza. NewsChannel 11 caught up with the crew on this day before to see what all goes into pulling off an event of this magnitude. Crews were up bright and early Friday morning prepping Mackenzie Park and Broadway for this weekend's festivities.
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"The day before stuff is we're getting all of our tents erected. They have to be up today. We're also setting the stages underneath those tents," said Teresa Vitela, Chairperson for 4th on Broadway.
Volunteers along with a police escort road in a golf cart brigade from Meadowbrook golf course all the way to Broadway. They'll use the carts for transportation throughout the festivities.
"It's all prep work. We're getting our volunteer center together all of our hoppers, dunking booth it's all getting moved in today. As you can see we've got our coke pop up trailers up and down the street. We'll get our vending machines in by every stage. LP&L is making any last minute changes that they need to the electric poles, so we got a lot going on today," Vitela said.
Just East of First Baptist Church is an area set up just for kids.
"We're going to have arts and crafts, the cotton kings are going to be there and Brunswick Bowl has some lanes for us along with a putting green, from PuttPutt," says Ginger Brown.
Over at Mackenzie Park they re-paved the main entrance, decorated the area with dozens of American flags and the stage for more than a dozen performers is set.
There will be more than 60 vendors set up for the street fair on Saturday with all of your favorite fair foods, and of course lots of nick nacks for sale.