The Wilson Brothers Band

Last year’s performance from the The Wilson Brothers Band and Jason Tapley, left, was moved inside to Fermenter’s Market on the Green. The same plan is in place for Thursday’s Strand Sessions in case of rain, although it will be held in Strand Park as usual if the weather permits.

The seventh annual Sun Festival will start Thursday with The Wilson Brothers Band and Jason Tapley performing as featured artists for the June Strand Sessions.

The Wilson Brothers Band consists of Alexander City natives and brothers Chad and Kyle Wilson, who now reside in Nashville. They performed at last year’s Sun Festival with Tapley, according to Alexander City Chamber of Commerce vice president of business development Jacob Meacham.

“I think it was just a coincidence that it worked out and we were able to book them on this date already surrounding it,” Meacham said.

Meacham said the chamber is looking forward to a great crowd for the country concert.

“I think it’s always great to support local artists especially guys who probably could be playing anywhere around the Southeast on Thursday night for them to be back home in Alexander City,” Meacham said. “I think it’s really special. It shows how much they love their hometown and I think it’s good to see that appreciation returned to these artists in the form of really good attendance. So I think supporting the artists is the biggest reason and it’s going to be fun regardless of whether we have to move inside or we’re able to stay outside. The show is going to be great.”

The free concert will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Strand Park. In case of rain, it will be held at Fermenter’s Market on the Green at 149 Alabama St. 

Strong chances of rain are forecast for the first three days of the 10-day Sun Festival — 70% Thursday, jumping to 90% Friday and 100% Saturday.

“We’re hoping that (the rain is) scattered around and it doesn’t hit us,” Meacham said. “But there’s nothing much you can do about it if it does. (You need to) have a good backup plan and we certainly have one.”

The festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a cornhole tournament outside Coffee Corner on Main at 107 Main St. Chamber president and CEO Ed Collari said the event was moved inside last year when it rained. 

Sun Festival features events for all ages such as tykes in trucks, a glow-in-the-dark golf tournament and trivia night. The festival ends with Jazz Fest on June 14-15.

“It’s a great week for the chamber to put on all of these events that the people enjoy and of course is great for the community to do for 10 days,” Meacham said.

Collari described working on Sun Festival as hectic but when the festival starts it’s “like Christmas.”

“You spend all that time trying to figure out what gift to get, shopping and wrapping all the presents and then Christmas morning arrives and it’s the excitement that it’s here and everyone comes out,” Collari said.

Collari said the chamber is evaluating the weather for the weekend and said the tykes in trucks event may be canceled if it’s raining.