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Food trucks, Color Me Rad returning in Uptown Columbus' spring schedule

By Stephanie Pedersen

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.com

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comSeveral thousand people fill Woodruff Park for the inaugural Uptown Food Truck Festival Saturday. About 20 trucks, mostly from the Atlanta area, were on hand for the event.  11.14.15
ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.comSeveral thousand people fill Woodruff Park for the inaugural Uptown Food Truck Festival Saturday. About 20 trucks, mostly from the Atlanta area, were on hand for the event. 11.14.15 rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

It may not feel like it outside, but spring is on its way, which means Uptown Columbus Inc. is preparing for a full schedule of events that begin next month with the popular Color Me Rad 5K in Woodruff Park.

The color run on March 12 usually draws around 4,000 people downtown. Use the code “uptown” to save 10 percent off the race when you register.

The spring schedule brings back many of the popular events with concerts starting April 1, Frogtown Hollow Music Jam on April 8-9 and RiverFest on May 6-7.

Market Days, which didn’t close this winter, will kick off its key months April 2.

In addition to Uptown’s signature events, the organization is bringing a few new ones to the schedule.

On March 19, the Spring Food Truck Festival will feature more trucks and Dillingham Bridge will be closed to become part of the venue. The fall food truck festival drew thousands to downtown.

“What’s going to be better (than the fall)? More trucks, spaced out so more people have room to go, the lines aren’t quite as long,” said Becca Zajac, vice president of marketing and community relations at Uptown Columbus.

Also new to the spring schedule is the Georgia Vines Beer and Wine Festival on April 16. This one will feature “a huge selection of Georgia made beer and wine.”

The first Fall Line Classic Kayaking Competition also will be that weekend on April 15-16. Professional and a few amateur kayakers are expected to participate.

To wrap up the spring schedule, the Bugs on the Hooch VW Car Show returns May 28, Buds ‘n’ Burgers Cook-Off is June 4 and the Chattahoochee Adventure Camp is scheduled for June 6-10.

“As you can see, it’s a pretty exciting spring for us, and we’re really looking forward to it,” Uptown Columbus President Richard Bishop said during a Tuesday news conference. “It’s all about getting more people to Uptown.”

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