Coming Soon: "The Little Town of Riverbend"
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-- The "Little Town of Riverbend" is taking shape at Ross' Landing. This time next week Chattanooga's music festival will be in full swing.
The Coca-Cola Stage is in place and set crews seem to be working as long as there's daylight doing what they can before the streets are closed and the real transformation takes place.
"Our biggest project was getting the roof back on the coke stage and the October tornadoes took the roof off and it took three weeks to get it back on," says Chip Baker with Friends of the Festival.
The roof is set, the fencing is stacked, and there's evidence of the work to come with equipment on standby.
Jacqueline Lewis runs this route daily and she's noticed the signs.
"Yes, I have. Probably by Wednesday they'll start setting up and getting ready Friday when it will start," says Lewis.
And come Sunday, the streets will be closed and it's down to the wire for set-up and vendors will make their way to the riverfront.
"Probably, mostly Monday and Sunday, we'll start putting up stages and really start to build the town called Riverbend," says Baker.
This time next week the stage will be set at 9:30 pm.
Huey Lewis and the News will christen the Coca-Cola Stage for Riverbend 2011.
"It's an exciting time, we go from all the plans and it's an exciting time cause it's all plans to actually implement," says Baker.
"I go down to the boats every year and have a lot of fun; I wish everyone would come out and do it," says Lewis.
As of Saturday, Riverside Drive to Riverfront Parkway will be closed from East 2nd to MLK Boulevard.
Don't forget Power Alley and other side streets as well.