Cloggers, motorcycles and free condoms will fill Franklin Street on Sunday and transform downtown for the 34th Apple Chill street festival.
The festival will take over the area of Franklin Street between Henderson and Mallette streets from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sonya Reddick Shaw, programming and marketing supervisor for the town Parks and Recreation Department said she expects 40,000 to 50,000 people to attend.
“Festivals like Apple Chill are good opportunities to bring people in from outside and show off,” said Aaron Nelson, executive director of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, an event sponsor.
“We are always excited to support any event that brings 50,000 people downtown.”
Shaw said about 175 vendors will participate in this year’s festival. Local businesses also will be open throughout the celebration.
But not everyone is as excited as Shaw and Nelson.
While Apple Chill is lauded as a popular community attraction, past events have drawn scrutiny because of violence that has occurred at unofficial “After Chill” events, when motorcyclists and others often take over downtown.
Last year, the town held a motorcycle and car send-off at the end of the festival as a way to help bridge the gap that some people said existed between the afternoon and the evening crowds.