From staff reports
North Jefferson News
FULTONDALE — Fultondale is continuing a long-time tradition of celebrating its heritage by hosting the 16th annual Founders Day Festival this month.
The festival is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Black Creek Park in Fultondale. Held in October last year in order to combat the heat, organizers this year decided to move the festival back to its traditional date in August.
“The community liked it better when we had it on the original Founders Day in August,” said Brandi Helton, who is organizing the festival along with Kim Freeman.
Weather predictions call for temperatures in the high 80s with only a 20 percent chance of rain.
Founders Day is definitely a family affair, with music, food, vendors and games.
There is one stage this year, with a full slate of entertainment all day.
Entertainment includes local, regionally- and nationally-known artists, with musical genres ranging from country to bluegrass to gospel and more.
Bands include local favorites Back in Time as well as Law and Disorder, Streetkar, Burning Bridges and the Southern Boys.
Other events at the festival will include a car show, more than 60 food and arts and crafts vendors.
There will also be competitions in horse shoes, corn hole and a home run derby, with prizes given for first and second places.
The Kid Zone, which has rides and inflatables, will be open, but it is free this year thanks to the support of sponsors.
In addition, the Fultondale Fire Department will be there with a trailer that simulates fire and smoke. Children can go through the trailer and learn how to respond in case of a house fire.
There will also be a dunking booth where participants can dunk a fireman.
The opening ceremony is 10 a.m. and includes remarks by Fultondale Parks and Recreation Director Phillip Loden, Mayor Jim Lowery, as well as a Boy Scout troop that will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and Amy Knight will sing the National Anthem. Also, the Fultondale High School band and cheerleaders will perform.
Entry into Founders Day is free, but visitors may support Fultondale’s Christmas For Kids program by dropping off a new unwrapped toy or making a donation at the gate.
To learn more, visit www.fultondalefoundersday.com.