NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Tallahatchie Riverfest moved to a new location in 2012.
After months of planning and consideration, organizers realized the city parking lot better suits everyone, especially with the growing crowds.
"This gave us a lot more space," said Phil Nanney, executive director Union County Development Association. "It also helped us in traffic control with this location. We have just two short stretches of city streets to block to provide safety for all those people that are coming. Before, we had to cut off five or six blocks downtown which took away from traffic flow in our main business area."
According to law enforcement, it's imperative you have enough room to accommodate the general public, vendors, and music acts during the two-day event.
"When you have bigger crowds, you have more problems with traffic and personnel. This location is, I think, far better than the courthouse," said Assistant Police Chief James Wildman.
Plans are in the works to make the city parking lot area even more accessible to accomodate bigger crowds in the future.
"Have plans to add a bridge over the creek here. An agreement has been reached with the landowners on the opposite side, working with the city now to make sure that we won't be causing any permanent damage or anything to the creekbanks," added Nanney.
Everyone agrees that you need top notch entertainment and vendors each year in order to attract people's interest.
"I know people who put it on their calendar as soon as they announce it, the dates, and they always come," stated Leann Manning, buisness owner. "I think it's important that we show them something special so that they keep coming back."
But, not everyone agrees with the new location.
"I think the previous location in front of the courthouse lawn asthetically is very pleasing," said resident Sarah Hall. "People enjoy the shade. It's a lot more comfortable throughout the day, but it's much easier at the new location to get people in and out and traffic flows a lot easier."
With the extra space, organizers will be able to add more arts, crafts and food vendors.
The dates for this year's Tallahatchie Riverfest are September 20th and 21st.