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Founders Fest

Founder’s Day 2018 is coming September 15! Be a part of the fun!

A one-day tribute to a town’s heritage has visitors headed to Red Bay in September for a day of free family fun.

Situated under the shade trees of Bay Tree Park, the annual Red Bay Founder’s Fest is held the third Saturday of September, with contests, sidewalk sales and live music.

To give you a glimpse of what to expect, here is the itinerary for the 2018 festival:

The daylong event kicks off with the King and Queen’s Train Ride at 8:30 a.m., from the winners of the beauty pageant that will be held earlier in the month at Red Bay High School. Live music cranks up at 9 a.m. A contest to see who has the best fried pie gets underway at 9 a.m. with judging to begin at 9:45 a.m. Entries with the best tasting, most unusual and best of the show will take home a cash prize. There are a variety of contests for festival-goers to participate in, and include buck dancing, quilt, coloring, photography and fiddling contests, a corn hole tournament and a bar-b-que cook-off.

Additional activities include arts and crafts and an antique car/truck/motorcycle/tractor show. The Red Bay Museum will be open for tours and many merchants will offer sidewalk sales, specials and door prizes throughout the day.  The Weatherford Library will have books/magazines available for purchase on the library porch beginning at 9 a.m.

A variety of delicious festival food will be available. Another crowd favorite is the giveaways. Prizes will be awarded to the largest family, longest distance traveled to the event and youngest and oldest attendees.

It’s not every day that a state celebrates it’s 200th birthday.  So there will be a three-year celebration of Alabama’s 200th birthday, which will last through 2019.  Founders Fest will have special events, educational programs, community activities and state wide initiatives that teach, inspire, and entertain!

Bay Tree Park is located between 2nd and 3rd Streets, along 4th Avenue SE in Downtown Red Bay. The festival runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information on the festival or to register as a vendor, contact Tracie Clark at Red Bay City Hall at (256) 356-4473 ext. 3.

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