This will be the city’s fourth annual Hillfest celebration that will be held Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21. The nighttime festivities will begin with a trip back in time as the first ever “Cruising Carbon Hill” takes riders and spectators back to the ‘60s. Event planners encourage those who want to participate in the classic car convoy to play the part and dress as someone who just stepped out of the 1960s.
“I think we’re going to have at least 30 (vehicles). I’m not sure about how many more, but I’m thinking this is going to be pretty big,” said Carbon Hill City Clerk Janice Pendley. “I know someone’s bringing a ‘65 Mustang, and we have a ‘55 Chevy. Mava’s, which used to be the old Frosty in town, is going to be serving rootbeer floats.”
The lineup will form Friday at 5 p.m. and the cruise will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., starting at Bill & Son’s Super Market and ending at Mava’s Kitchen. However, the fun doesn’t stop there. Live entertainment will be provided both days by a number of bands, gospel groups, singers and drama teams. And, everyone can show off their singing skills with karaoke.
The following fun-filled day will start at 10 a.m. with the notorious lawn mower races. A parade will proceed afterward beginning at 11 a.m. and games and crafts will last throughout the day.
“We’re going to have the Face Painting Fairy; we’re going to have inflatables for the kids. We have a little Bulldog Express that we’ve made and Thomas the Train,” Pendley said. “We are supposed to have a rolling video. This is a big (transfer) truck full of about 16 video machines in there.
“We’re going to give the kids an armband so that they can go in all day long; they can go in for like 45 minutes then go do something else and come back.”
A huge array of foods will be available to choose from as well, including hotdogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and much more. By Friday afternoon, Pendley said they already had 43 vendors listed, which will serve anything from food to clothes to crafts.
Vendors from several states, including Mississippi, Florida and Georgia, are traveling many miles to participate in the festival.
In previous years, thousands from not only across the county but from across the state also have come to attend and take part in the two-day extravaganza. Members of the city council and the event committee are excited about this year’s Hillfest.
“I think it’s going to be really good for the kids and the families,” Pendley said. “This is a small town and there’s not a lot here to do, so I think it’s going to be really good.”
For more information on Carbon Hill’s Hillfest or to participate as a vendor or entry for the cruising, call Pendley at 205-924-9961 or Anita Wood at 205-275-8475.