An "enhanced" fireworks show and a wider variety of musical acts are among the improvements officials are touting ahead of the second straight Powell festival run by the city.
This year's event -- the 20th annual Powell Festival -- is set from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 23, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Village Green Park, 47 Hall St.
The city took over planning responsibilities for the annual summer festival in fall 2015 after board members of the nonprofit Heart of Powell voted to dissolve. The group, which was formed in the mid-2000s, had run the event for about a decade before last year.
Powell spokeswoman Megan Canavan said city officials "know what to expect" in regards to preparing for the festival in year two. She said the time frame also gave city workers "more time to plan and reach out to sponsors."
"Planning the second year has gone much more smoothly from our standpoint," she said.
Canavan said changes the city has planned in its second year in charge include a new booth where visitors can purchase beverage tickets closer to the stage, and a "toddler zone" where young children can play during the event.
This year's festival also will feature a more-diverse entertainment lineup -- from the pop-rock stylings of local group Liberty Deep Down to the country tunes of the Lee Gantt Band to cover specialists the McCartney Project and the Wet Bandits.
Canavan said city officials hope this year's entertainment schedule features something for everyone.
"We certainly added more variety this year based on feedback we received," she said.
Canavan said this year's festival also will feature an "enhanced" fireworks show with fewer small shells. She said shooting larger shells from nearby Adventure Park would allow festival visitors to see the show more clearly.
Powell City Council in 2015 appropriated $50,000 for the annual event with the goal of eventually regaining that money through sponsorships and vendor fees.
Canavan said the festival earned back half of that amount for the city in 2016 and she expects the remaining amount will be paid back after this year's event.
Canavan said the city's goal throughout the transitional period has been to make sure the Powell Festival's future is secure.
"It's a longstanding tradition in our community and we're excited to continue that," she said.