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08/21/2013 – FALL FUN IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

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Fort Payne, Ala. – From a tribute to mules to a celebration of heritage, there are many reasons to plan a weekend visit to DeKalb County in northeastern Alabama. As children return to the classroom during the week, family fun awaits visitors on the weekends in September.

Set for September 2, 2013, Ider Mule Day returns to the mountaintop town to celebrate its agricultural heritage. The day-long event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a parade featuring mules, horses, carriages, antique cars and tractors. Tests of strength follow at the conclusion of the parade with a mule pull at 10:30 a.m. and a draft horse pull at 1 p.m., and in between the fierce pulling competitions is the mule and draft horse show beginning at 11 a.m.

The day-long event also offers an antique engine and tractor display, an antique tractor pull, arts and crafts, and games for children. The Wheels of Time Cruisers Open Car Show is set for 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Live entertainment featuring bluegrass and gospel singing fills the air from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and plenty of barbeque, homemade ice cream, and other food vendors will be available.

Admission is $2 per person and children five years old and younger are admitted free. All activities are held in and around Ider Town Park located off of Highway 75 at 183 Sweet Gum Road. Pets are not allowed inside of the park.

On the third Saturday in September, downtown Fort Payne booms with toe-tapping music, Southern art, food and fun in celebration of its heritage. During the late nineteenth century, Fort Payne experienced a huge coal and iron boom and shortly thereafter in the twentieth century, a boom in textile manufacturing led to the city’s one time claim of “Sock Capital of the World.” To commemorate, the mountaintop town hosts an annual festival in the downtown area filling the streets with family-friendly activities and music. Named a Top 20 Event in the southeastern United States by the Southeast Tourism Society, Boom Days Heritage Celebration is set for Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Covering five blocks in the downtown district, street performers will take to the streets as a variety of music flows from four stages. Dozens of skilled artisans including quilters, potters, painters, and workers in iron, wood, and glass will be demonstrating their talents under the shade trees in City Park where festival goers can peruse the works of Orbix Hot Glass, Sloss Furnaces, Jerry Brown, Gee’s Bend Quilters, Bebo, and others.

Live music fills the air beginning at 10 a.m. Scheduled to perform at this year’s event are M-80s, Travis Wammack, Midnight Mob, Todd Simpson, Bert David Newton, April Mae & the June Bugs, Luke Winslow King, SharBaby, Loveday, Justin Johnson, Alabama Annie, Wowser Bowser, Jacob Stiefel & the Truth, Microwave Dave & the Nukes, Still kickiN, Jess Goggans Band, 4 in Accord, Pickett’s Charge, Kate & Corey, Dean Mitchell, and more. The celebration culminates with the Rock and Roll Show featuring Pugsley Buzzard and Ryan McGarvey at 8 p.m. at the DeKalb Theatre (admission charged.)

The city’s downtown district will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free for all daytime, outdoor events. Additional activities held in conjunction with the Boom Days Heritage Celebration include carriage rides, wine tasting, a car show in Alabama Park, a 5K run, a pet parade, a cornhole tournament, cultural and historical exhibits on display at the Depot Museum and Hosiery Museum, a quilt show, and a children’s activity area located in City Park. Downtown merchants will also operate sidewalk sales.

The 13th annual John Benge Commemorative Motorcycle Ride also falls on the third Saturday in September. The annual event attracts riders from across the southeastern United States who travel to Fort Payne to ride in commemoration of DeKalb County’s Cherokee Indian Heritage and all Indian Nations who were forced to walk on the infamous Trail of Tears. Riders will depart at 7 a.m. from the parking lot of Fort Payne Power Sports.

Additional activities held on the weekends in September include wild cave tours, mountain bike tours, rock climbing, rappelling, and more. For more information, call DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit www.DiscoverLookoutMountain.com.

About DeKalb Tourism

DeKalb Tourism is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in DeKalb County. Our mission includes to provide outstanding customer service to all guests; to provide complete and detailed information about DeKalb County, its history and attractions; to leave visitors with a positive experience; to develop strong positive long term relationships with the people and businesses of our communities; and to be a leader in the education and promotion of our county, locally, nationwide and internationally.

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Written by 49 County News.Net

August 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Posted in Current Events, News

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