The lineup for “Cruising Carbon Hill” will form at 5 p.m. Friday at Bill & Son’s Super Market. The cruising will commence at 6 p.m. and rock and roll around the town until 8 p.m. where it will end at Mava’s Kitchen.
Members of the Hillfest committee encourage those who are participating in the antique car ride to wear attire from the 50s and 60s era.
Carbon Hill City Clerk Janice Pendley said there will be tons of entertainment Friday night and throughout the entire day on Saturday. Friday’s musical feasts include a live band, disc jockey and karaoke for those wanting to display their talents on the microphone. Several more bands, gospel groups, singers and drama teams are scheduled to perform Saturday.
Saturday’s festivities will begin with a lawn mower race at 10 a.m., followed by a parade starting at 11 a.m. Various games and crafts will be held during the day, including a “rolling video,” which is a transfer truck filled with approximately 16 video game machines. Pendley said kids will receive an armband for the mobile arcade so they will be able to come and go as they please.
Other forms of arts, crafts and trades include the Face Painting Fairy, Bulldog Express and Thomas the Train, inflatables and two new additions to this year’s setup: a beauty pageant for the young and young at heart. The festival will host Hillfest 2013 Cuties, which will have different divisions for ages newborn up to age 16, and Hillfest 2013 Senior Hotties for ages 65 and up. Pendley said the entry fee for the pageants is $15.
A plethora of local and out-of-state vendors are lined up for Hillfest 2013. These vendors will carry anything from fried Oreos, funnel cakes, hotdogs and hamburgers, to clothing and crafts.
City council members and event planners are hoping for a big turnout this year and are eager to get the fun started.
“We’re hoping this is going to be one of the biggest [crowds] we’ve had. We don’t know,” Pendley said. “We’re getting really good response. I’m hoping it’s going to be a really big one. ... I’m excited about it.”
For more information, contact Pendley at (205) 924-9961 or committee chairwoman Anita Wood at (205) 275-8475.