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Americus prepares for first ever craft beer festival

The festival will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 (Source:WALB) The festival will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017 (Source:WALB)
The venue will be a section of Downtown Americus (Source:WALB) The venue will be a section of Downtown Americus (Source:WALB)
Patrick Kay, Americus Main Street Director (Source:WALB) Patrick Kay, Americus Main Street Director (Source:WALB)
There will be several Georgia brewers at the event (Source:WALB) There will be several Georgia brewers at the event (Source:WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

Over 1,000 people are expected to be in Downtown Americus this weekend for the city’s first ever Hot Glass Craft Beer Festival.

It will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017, along a portion of Cotton Ave.

“It’s going to be a really cool event, something that we’ve never done here in Downtown Americus,” Americus Main Street Director Patrick Kay said.

The festival will include 10 Georgia brewers as well as 20 hot glass blowing artisans.

But before people can enjoy the festivities, organizers have to prepare the space.

On Friday, crews will be setting up tents, barricades, and temporary bathroom facilities.

On Friday evening, Cotton Ave. will be blocked until after Saturday’s event. Crews will also be bringing in six furnaces for the hot glass blowing demonstrations.

“You’re going to begin to see things taking shape out here. You won’t see the full thing until tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. We’ll start to do more stuff in terms of full setup,” Kay said.

Those with VIP tickets can enter the venue at 1:00 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets will be accepted at 2:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., participants can enjoy a special ‘Tap Takeover’ and ride the trolley to different area restaurants.

Tickets to Saturday’s event are sold out. However, organizers will sell 40 non-drinking tickets at the festival.

“Those are kind of reserved for designated drivers or for those who are just checking out the event,” Kay said.

For more information on the event or how you can see free hot glass blowing demonstrations on Friday, click here.

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