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There won’t be much sun the first few days of the annual Sun Festival in Alexander City but don’t let that deter you — the rain is expected to move out by Monday and the majority of the nine-day series of events should enjoy favorable weather.

Widespread rain is expected to reach the area today and settle in, dumping as much as 3 to 5 inches over the weekend. While we need the rain, the timing isn’t good for the Sun Festival, which begins tonight with The Wilson Brothers Band and Jason Tapley scheduled to perform at Strand Sessions in Strand Park downtown. If it gets wet, the free country concert will be held at Fermenter’s Market on the Green at 149 Alabama St. 

The National Weather Service said there could be breaks in the rain, which would be good news for the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the Sun Festival, and all the fans planning to attend the multitude of events. The Sun Festival ends with Jazz Fest on June 14-15.

Chamber CEO Ed Collari likened Sun Festival to Christmas as something the area looks forward to all year.

“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.

We urge residents to come out and support the efforts of the chamber to provide a variety of events people of all ages and interests can enjoy. If it rains, bring an umbrella.