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( Coalfest ) Brilliant’s Coal Mining Celebration May 24-25

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Brilliant, Ala. – Each year, the North Alabama community of Brilliant pays tribute to its roots in the coal mining industry with a free festival filling the downtown area with two days of family fun. Set for May 24-25, 2019, Coal Fest offers live music, games, a look into the coal mining days, activities for children, arts and crafts and more throughout Main Street in downtown Brilliant.

Coalfest kicks off on Friday, May 24 around 5 p.m. with live music. The festivities continue on Saturday, May 25 beginning at 9 a.m. with family-friendly activities and more live music. Slated to perform this year are Lloyd Moses, Crow Bridge, Cypress Creek, Austin Lewis, Tim Cannon, Tosha Hill and Loose Foot N the Magic Makers, Dixie Mafia and Kozmic Mama.

As music fills the air, festival goers can learn about the early history of coal mining in Brilliant with a guided tour of the historic Train Depot located in City Park (donations accepted). Brilliant Methodist Church, located on Main Street, will also be open for tours. A stop on the North Alabama Hallelujah Trail, Brilliant Methodist Church was built by local coal miners and remains an iconic cornerstone of the town. Other activities include an antique car show, a Color Run, a motorcycle ride to raise funds for a local family in need, a horseshoe tournament, arts and crafts, and a kid’s area with games, train rides and inflatables.

Shuttle service will be provided free of charge from the downtown area to City Park, Brilliant Methodist Church and the Train Depot. Admission to the festival is free. A nominal fee is charged to participate in some of the children’s activities. The two-day event typically wraps up around 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 205.465.2281.

Written by 49 County News.Net

April 15, 2019 at 9:47 PM

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