The city of Ozark is gearing up for the fourth annual Crawdad Festival.
Residents from around the Wiregrass are planning to enjoy themselves at the event.
Ozark Crawdad Festival Organizer Denise Ellis said, "It's amazing for the city and we've gotten a lot calls from all over. They are coming from GA, a band from LA; we've had calls from North AL. It's surprising to me how far this has reached, but it's going to be a great day."
This year, the city is putting more effort into making the event more kid-friendly.
Ellis continued, “There's an area that will be roped off for children, so children can go in and be safe. It’s well controlled and parents can leave them and mill about the booths and be totally secure that their child is being safe and having fun."
For the adults, for the first time ever after several years of heated controversy, beer will be available on site as well.
Ellis added, “There were a lot of people who wanted us to have it here; there were a lot of requests for beer to be served and we had a vendor who approached us about doing it. That went before city hall and that was voted on at a city council meeting."
This year, there will be two stages for musicians; one outside and one inside to allow festival-goers the chance to enjoy themselves while cooling off indoors.
The festival is taking place this weekend.
It’s in downtown Ozark from 11am until 8 pm. The cost is $5 dollars for adults, $3 dollars for children and free for children under the age of 5.