MADISON — When young families arrive at the Madison Street Festival on October 1, they’ll find the kids’ space in a new place — bigger and better than ever.
“The Children’s Area has been located in several places in the past, but had a house on the land next to North Alabama Gas Company on Church Street,” said Crystal McBrayer, president of MSF.
“We moved it to the open field next to the Fellowship of Faith Church on Maple Street in the teen zone interaction area,” McBrayer said.
A few scenarios led to the move. “Before Covid, the kids space was in a big tent. To spread it out more, we went from a big tent to individual tents,” McBrayer said.
For 2022, the children’s area is now located next to the new shuttle stop on Maple Street in the Fellowship of Faith church parking lot. This shuttle departs from the Crosspointe Church. In the former location of the children’s zone, a new zone called “Midtown Madison” will accommodate employees from all departments of the city of Madison.
The kids’ area attractions, which will double in size this year, will include a petting zoo, numerous individual tents for free arts and crafts, games and entertainment for ages 12 and under, and interactive cabins designed specifically for children.
“From magic and animal balloons, to face painting and crafts, you’ll find it all in the Kids Zone,” McBrayer said.
For the convenience of the crowd, two shuttle stops operate to facilitate the round trip. “You can park at Madison City Schools Stadium and take the quick shuttle downtown. . . or the easy tenth of a mile walk,” McBrayer said.
CrossPointe Church located at 78 Hughes Road will offer two shuttles and drop off at Fellowship of Faith Church on Maple Street. “We will have a charter and a Madison Assisted Ride System or MARS bus leaving from the stadium. We will also have two charter buses from CrossPointe, as well as a MARS bus,” McBrayer said.
Shuttles leaving the stadium will go to the bus stop on Wise Street (which intersects with Main Street). Shuttles departing from CrossPointe will go to the bus stop on Maple Street (which intersects with Church Street).
Free parking will be available at CrossPointe Church and Madison City Schools Stadium. Shuttle service to the festival site, including handicap accessible vans, is also free.
A limited number of handicapped accessible parking spaces are available in the city parking lot at the intersection of Martin and Garner streets (across from the car show). To enter this lot, go to the intersection of Sullivan and Martin Streets, show a disabled parking permit to the Public Works employee, and continue on Martin Street.
Apple Bus in Huntsville provides school buses as shuttles. The City of Madison provides handicap accessible buses from both locations.
A charter of both locations will begin at 5:45 a.m. for vendors to access the festival grounds (after completing booth setup). The second charter will be added to CrossPointe Church at 8 a.m., with both MARS buses. The 5:45am charter will operate until 5:00pm. The second bus added to Crosspointe at 8:00 a.m. will run until 6:00 p.m.
The CrossPointe bus will be re-routed, due to the MSF Parade from 8:45-10:00 am, and will drop off at the Wise Street entrance.
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