By Adam Smith
The North Jefferson News
Officials in Fultondale are inviting north Jefferson County residents to celebrate the birth of the city next weekend.
On Aug. 23, the city will host its 11th Founder’s Day celebration in Black Creek Park from 4 to 9 p.m.
Randy Posey, an event organizer, said this year’s celebration will be the biggest and best yet.
“If people want a free evening of fun and entertainment, enjoy great food and celebrate what’s happening in the City of Fultondale, they should come on out,” he said.
Posey said this year’s event offers at least three major changes over previous celebrations, including a “Taste of Fultondale” expo, more live entertainment and an expanded children’s area.
Live entertainment will include the Steel City Quartet, David Ashley, Sacred Harvest, Jennifer Reike, Harrison and 4 Harmony.
Secretary of the Fultondale Chamber of Commerce Teresa Vise, also an organizer, said she is most excited about the music portion of the festival. However, she said the festival itself is a great representation of what the city is about.
“It’s local talent, it’s our high schools, kids, families and churches,” she said. “It’s a celebration of the blessings we have around us.”
The children’s area, or Kid’s Zone, is being staged in conjunction with local churches and will feature nine inflatables, obstacle courses and water slides. Posey said the Magic Town Clowns will also be in the children’s area, along with the police and fire departments who will be conducting a free child identification program for parents.
The cost of the Founder’s Day festival is free, but parents will need to buy a $5 wrist band for children who want to enter the Kid’s Zone area.
Mayor Jim Lowery said the “Taste of Fultondale” portion of the event is a perfect showcase for the city’s restaurants, some of which are new to the city.
“The new shopping center restaurants are making it possible to have the ‘Taste of Fultondale,’ though we’ve always had great restaurants in the city,” he said. “It will be something interesting and exciting and the new merchants are looking forward to it.”
Lowery said his favorite part of the festival is the participation from the high school band and football team. “The band is always excited to come and play, and it gives people a chance to hear them that may not go to all the football games,” he said.
Other festival features will include horse and carriage rides, arts and crafts, classic cars and motorcycles, a wide variety of food vendors and a prize drawing at 8 p.m. Those who want to register for prizes, including gift cards from Best Buy and Target, can do so at the chamber of commerce booth. Posey said a site map will be available upon entering the festival.
Vendors or those with booths can set up at the park from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. the day of the festival.
Vise said she would ask festival volunteers to be at Black Creek Park on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. to noon to receive their staff t-shirts and festival instructions. She said ABC 33/40 is also scheduled to air a live weather broadcast from the park that day.
By Adam Smith