Hillfest set for Sept. 8-9

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/17/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - Organizers are planning for Hillfest to entertain crowds in downtown Carbon Hill on Sept. 8-9.

Anita Woods, who has organized the event over several years as chairman, said the annual festival will start that …

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Hillfest set for Sept. 8-9

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Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL - Organizers are planning for Hillfest to entertain crowds in downtown Carbon Hill on Sept. 8-9.

Anita Woods, who has organized the event over several years as chairman, said the annual festival will start that weekend at 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. “It goes to about 11 p.m. both nights,” Woods said.

Friday will feature vendors, food and entertainment, which will be a hallmark for both days. The special event for Friday night will be a free cruise-in at Bill and Sons, with line-up at 5 p.m. and the cruise itself starting at 6 p.m.

“We just cruise town,” she said. “We thought that worked out better for us. Back in the day, that’s what everybody did, was to cruise the streets.

Bands will also perform starting at 5 p.m. that Friday night until closing, and then will restart around 10 a.m. Saturday.

While the Carbon Hill City Council is meeting Thursday night to purchase some property near city hall for a permanent stage and park to host bands on Hillfest, Woods said it is doubtful that could all be arranged in time for this year’s event.

This year a flatbed trailer will be placed in front of city hall, Woods said, noting she has received more requests for entertainment schedule slots than she can ever remember.

“We have the original Backdraft band,” she said, noting they will be the headliners Friday night, possibly at 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Creek from Guin will be Saturday’s headliners and have performed at a number of festivals.

Woods said, “We have gospel bands. We have a drama team coming.” She noted most of the slots are filled and people are still calling her to find a way to work them in on the schedule.

She encouraged visitors to bring lawn chairs to listen to the entertainment.

A number of vendors will be on hand downtown, including food, woodwork, jewelry, and boutique clothes, among others.

“They start Friday at 5 o’clock,” she said. Food vendors are encouraged to provide a variety so they are not the same servings, possibly serving ribs, barbecue, chicken, shrimp boil, sandwiches, funnel cakes, snow cones and lemonade.

The vendors will line up from about the Pizza Bar location and move up to the post office area and by the city hall to Roberson Hardware, Woods said.

Boths are being sold for arts and crafts as well, she said.

According to the application, spaces will be about 12 feet by 16 feet and sell from $40 to $75, depending on the amount of electricity needed. No fireworks nor alcohol will be allowed. Checks are payable to Carbon Hill Hillfest.

Vendors usually wait until about this time to send in applications, although she said she is receiving encouraging signs already of interest.

Children’s games and activities will also be on hand, and efforts are being made to obtain a small train.

Anyone wanting more details or to sign up for a booth may call Woods at 205-275-8475 or they may go to the city’s website, at carbonhill.org/hillfest/. A vendor application can be downloaded from the website. The application notes all applications received after Friday shall be assigned a space according to the remaining availability.