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Roanoke's Festival 2013 begins to take shape

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Pretty soon music will fill the air in Roanoke just like in years past.  Formerly known as Festival in the Park, Downtown Roanoke Inc is setting up for "Festival 2013."

The name change comes because the events contract changed hands from EventZone to DRI last year, but Matt Klepeisz with DRI says basically it's the same event.   

"This is an event that has built up a following in Roanoke similar to SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas, and so we wanted to keep that spirit alive and work with the people that know all of the workings and contacts and keep it moving in the same direction," says Klepeisz. 

Work crews began setting up the stage for music performances on Wednesday.

There are some changes to Festival this year, with the most noticeable (beside the name)  being location.  Because of the Elmwood Park construction, Festival 2013 will all take place at Rivers Edge near Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  Festival producer Skip Brown says the new location is a great spot.

"Elmwood Park has a physical limitation and the Fire Marshal can come in and say you are at capacity. I can put six to seven thousand people here, so we are excited about bigger crowds," says Brown. 

A highlight this year for many is 1964 the tribute. Last year, the festival staple was not part of the lineup. 

"We really need to respond to the audience and if the audience wants them back. They are back and they are coming back and closing the festival on Monday," says Brown. 

Making this an exciting time to setup an event many are looking forward to this weekend.