Ronnie O’Rear, chairman of the Carbon Hill Industrial Board, announced that they will be having the festival in the parking lot at the First National Bank of Carbon Hill located next to the red light. Activities will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 10 p.m.
“We’re going to have a kid zone with air jumpers [inflatables]. We’ve got three air jumpers there for them to jump around in and have a good time for a little while,” O’Rear said. “There may have been a lot of kids in town that didn’t get to go on an AEA vacation.”
O’Rear said they would like to try and have something similar to the spring fling the last week of every month from now until the end of summer. He would like to kick off the event this weekend in hopes of creating positive effects for the small community.
Admission is free for children and refreshments will be provided for kids whose ages range from elementary to high school. O’Rear hopes that during the summer months, activities could be moved to the city’s swimming pool and park areas for older kids to have fun and participate.
“We’re trying to put a positive spin back in town. Everybody in town is not bad, and we need something for the kids,” O’Rear said. “... We did have a positive thing going on. We had block parties. We had a guy to come out with a projector and had a movie, and we had a great response.
“We had karaoke, and that happened about every two to three months,” he continued. “Well, that’s disappeared. All we get out of the people down here is negative.”
He said the industrial board had discussed holding events like the one going on Saturday for months, but it is just now coming to fruition. As far as the weather goes, O’Rear said they’re expecting the rain to clear out by Saturday afternoon but will still be able to tear down or blow up the inflatables in a short amount of time if necessary.
“Let’s just try to make life better, somehow, some way,” O’Rear said. “... It’s just good for all the kids. You’ve got to start somewhere, and at least it’ll be something positive and not negative.”