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Founders Fest

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 was the itinerary for the 2016 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 11 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 and a bar-b-que cook-off.

Additional activities include arts and crafts, a 5K run, an antique car/truck/motorcycle show, and a fashion show. The Red Bay Museum will be open for tours and many merchants will offer sidewalk sales, specials and door prizes throughout the day.

A variety of delicious festival food will be available, including the Franklin County Cattlmen’s ribeye sandwich. 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.

In celebration of this year’s tourism theme for the State of Alabama, which is the Year of Alabama Makers, there will also be a showcase of the artwork of Red Bay’s Scotty Kennedy, who was also this year’s Red Bay Garden Club Arbor Day honoree.

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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