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June 18, 2014

Heritage Park construction under way for Rock the South

CULLMAN — Under a hot sun at Heritage Park, crews were preparing the converted soccer fields for crowds of about 30,000 expected for this weekend’s Rock the South festival.

David Harper works for the Game Day Tents company, which is based in Tuscaloosa and is the tent provider for Rock the South.

Some tents that workers were putting up are for sponsors; others for vendors, and a couple for artists and backstage catering, Harper said.

In addition, a couple of tents would be used for the Late Night Saloon, which will be located behind and to the right of the stage, Harper said.

“Some [tents] are air-conditioned; some are not, depending on the needs of the customers and Rock the South,” he said.

The crew started work Monday. “This is about a three-day process of loading and getting all the inventory, all the parts here and getting them all up in the air,” Harper said, adding that the crew would try to get all the tents in the air Tuesday, before installing the fans, lighting, tables, and chairs.

Shane Fisher is the crew chief and technical director for Loud and Clear, a production company based in Cincinnati. He said that his job was to organize the installation of the 100 foot by 40 foot stage , as well as the audio and lighting production.

“It’s gone really well,” Fisher continued. “My job’s been months out in advance, planning and putting everything together with the producers and the festival.”

Right now, Fisher said, the crew is comprised of 16 stagehands and 17 producers, who worked to raise the roof on Tuesday.

So far, Fisher said, “Everything’s gone really smooth and we’ve been blessed with beautiful days.”

Waid Harbison, marketing director of Cullman City Parks and Recreation, said that the crew is “just trying to get everything in tip-top shape [and] looking the best that it can for the concert on Friday and Saturday.”

The main stage would be coming in later this week, after the grounds had been taken care of, Harbison said.

“Obviously we’re just excited to be hosting the event at Heritage Park,” he said. “It’s ... one of the biggest events that we have in the park all year long.”

“[We’re] just looking forward to a really great concert,” Harbison said. “It’s going to be a really great weekend for Cullman.”

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