CARBON HILL - Preparations are underway to receive visitors at this year's Hillfest, Carbon Hill's annual downtown festival, on Friday and Saturday, according to city event planner Anita Wood.Wood, …
CARBON HILL - Preparations are underway to receive visitors at this year's Hillfest, Carbon Hill's annual downtown festival, on Friday and Saturday, according to city event planner Anita Wood.
Wood, who has participated in several editions of the festival, said the annual event will run until 11 p.m. both days.
A good crowd is expected for this year's events. "We are having volleyball tournaments all day in Carbon Hill Saturday, so that should help," she said, saying visitors from that event can come before and after play in those games.
The festival will kick off with the city's annual nostalgia event.
"We have the cruise-in on Friday night. The line-up is at 5, and the cruise-in starts at 6, and they leave from Bill and Sons parking lot," Wood said. "Instead of doing a car show, we do a cruise-in. We pass out certificates."
The idea of the cruise-in is for vintage cars to recreate cruising up and down Main Street as they used to do during weekends long ago.
As many as 50 automobiles have participated in the cruise-in during the past, she said.
Friday night will feature one band, Backdraft, a country and rock band, at 7 p.m. or a little after, she said. The event's stage will be in front of the Carbon Hill City Hall's dispatch area.
Events on Saturday will start at 8 a.m.
"We're having the Second Annual Prayer Walk, and it starts at 8," Wood said, noting it starts at the downtown pavilion next to the railroad track on Highway 118 (Highway 78). "They will be walking to Bill and Sons and back to the pavilion," which should cover about 2 miles. Walk of Faith Ministries in sponsoring the event.
"We also have the American Legion coming Saturday morning to lead the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance," also at about 9 a.m., she said. Entertainment will be starting around that time and continuing through the day.
On Saturday, the Junior Uptain Band, a country band, will play at 5:30 p.m, while Kreek, a country band from Guin, will play Saturday night at 7 p.m. Entertainment that day should start between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Earlier Saturday, Tess Bryant will sing at one point. The J.C. Scott Band from Haleyville will play at 10 a.m., while a gospel group led by Bradley Bowen will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Born to Fly, a gospel group, will perform at 4 p.m. Other acts will be announced over time.
About 30 to 35 vendors, including some new ones, will get their operations underway at 5 p.m. Friday, stretching from the Pizza Bar (which will be open during the festival) up to the Carbon Hill Post Office. The street in front of City Hall will also have vendors, making somewhat of a cross.
Food vendor spaces are all taken, but other vendors are still welcome to sign up, Wood said.
Booths, which are 12 feet by 16 feet in space, are $40 without electricity, $50 for is for 110 power and $75 is for 220 power.
Arts and craft and food vendors (including some for barbecue, roasted corn, snow cones and wraps) will be available, as well as one offering some children's activities, such as games for children to play. Bouncy houses will be beside the community center, where bathrooms for the festival will be available.
Police, fire and medical personnel will be on hand, she said.
Anyone wanting more information may call Wood at 205-275-8475. They may also look at the event's Facebook page.