Celebrate St. Peters, the city’s annual two-day community festival, is expected to draw big crowds again this year.
Lisa Bedian, the city’s communications director, told the city’s Board of Aldermen at their July 24 meeting that the weekend event may draw 12,000 to 14,000 people, particularly during major concerts scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 20.
The event is held at the city’s 370 Lakeside Park just off Interstate 370, east of I-70. It will be open on Friday, Sept. 19 from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
The event features food, drinks, carnival rides, children’s activities, booths and music on several stages.
Main stage entertainment on Friday features the School of Rock house band at 7 p.m., followed by Nashville recording artist Chris Weaver at 9 p.m. On Saturday night scheduled bands include Superjam, which plays hard rock; Powder Mill, which plays southern rock, country and blues; and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, who are scheduled to take the stage after a fireworks display over the lake. Notable Ozark Mountain Daredevils songs include “Jackie Blue” and “If You Want to Get to Heaven.”
The nearby Family and Celebrate stages will offer family entertainment and music starting at 11 a.m. on Sept. 20.
Bedian said so far 54 food and other vendors have committed to booths, which will be nearer to the main stage this year. She noted that there is still some booth space available for nonprofit organizations and additional recreational vehicle spots now may be available. In January, the 25 RV spots then available were reserved quickly, even before musical acts were announced.
The midway will feature 14 carnival rides, including a large ferris wheel. Discounted vouchers for wristbands that allow unlimited riding are available at St. Peters City Hall and at the St. Peters Rec-Plex registration desk during normal hours. Single tickets or wristbands also can be purchased at the event.
More than 4,000 parking spaces will be available in the park or within a mile of the park grounds if the weather is good. Rainy weather may a reduce the number of available parking spaces to about 2,000.
Free shuttle buses will be available for transportation from vehicles to the main event grounds.
Reserved parking passes are available at St. Peters City Hall or the St. Peters Rec-Plex registration desk during normal business hours at a cost of $20 for St. Peters residents and $25 for others through the close of business on Friday, Sept. 19. A St. Peters resident privilege card is required to get the resident discount.
Bedian said the event also has more local media support this year, including Mid Rivers Newsmagazine, Community News and K-SHE, which will do a live program Saturday night featuring radio personality Rich Dalton. A detailed, pull-out Celebrate St. Peters section, including the two-day schedule of events, is scheduled to appear in the Sept. 3 edition of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.