The annual celebration of summer that is Sun Festival will get an early start in Alexander City this year, said Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Marketing and Special Events Kim Dunn.

“We’re going to back it up to June 6 this year to start with the June Strand Session,” Dunn said. “And we’ll have the cornhole tournament then, too.”

Usually an eight-day event with a variety of daily activities for all ages, this year’s festival will take place over 10 days, beginning with live music sponsored by the Lake Martin Young Professionals. Kicking off the evening will be a cornhole tournament, presented by Heritage South Credit Union, at Coffee Corner on Main from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration for the tournament is $50 per two-person team and includes dinner for two at The Taco Bar during the tournament.

The second night of Sun Festival will take audiences to Russell Crossroads, where The Bank Walkers will be the featured entertainment.

On Saturday, the inaugural Tykes in Trucks event will enthrall children of all ages with a wide assortment of trucks to explore. Firetrucks, street sweepers, ambulances, tow trucks and more will be parked in downtown Alexander City and open for climbing in and around and exploring.

“This will be a new event this year. We think the kids will be pretty excited about it,” Dunn said. “And it wouldn’t be Sun Festival without the medallion hunt. This year’s medallion hunt will run Monday through Saturday with the opportunity to win $200 daily.”

Glow-in-the-dark golf, movies in the park, dances and dog parades will all return for this year’s festivities.

Wednesday’s Faith Night this year will be held at The Mill Two Eighty and will begin with a Bible study, followed by live music.

“We’re also bringing back Trivia Night this year. That will be at Fermenter’s Market on Thursday, June 13,” she added. 

The celebration closes with the 29thannual Jazz Fest on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, at Strand Park and at Lake Martin Amphitheater. For a complete schedule of Sun Festival activities and events, visit the Sun Festival Alexander City Facebook page.