Heritage Festival coming up Saturday
by Staff Reports
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Debbie Young Sanders
Debbie Young Sanders
The second annual Downtown Merchants Association Heritage Festival will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in downtown Jasper.

Admission is free for the event, which will also include a 5K run, cruise-in, food and entertainment.

"We're extremely excited about the festival we have put together this year. We're having a beautiful fall, and it's going to be a nice day for families to celebrate our heritage and our community," organizer Debbie Young Sanders said.

Local arts and crafts and several representatives from local non-profit agencies will attend, and area merchants will have special events and promotions featured throughout the day.

Runners will also gear up for the 5K Heritage Run that will take place the morning of the event. Registration for the run will begin at 7:45 a.m. and will officially start at 8:30 a.m. Registration and the start of the run will take place at Highlands on 4th in downtown Jasper.

Central Alabama Rodders Society & Manchester Auto Parts will present "Cruise In On The Square" for antique cars. Door prizes will be offered every 15 minutes of each hour and award time will take place at 2 p.m. There will be no charge or entry fee to enter a car in the show.

Free activities for children will also be available at the pocket park on 19th Street. First Bank of Jasper will be sponsoring an inflatable slide and moonwalk, and First United Methodist will provide arts and crafts for the children. The Girl Scouts will also sponsor face painting and carnival games.

Live entertainment will be available all day and will feature local dancers, musicians, artists and a live Elvis impersonator performance on the town square.

The Walker High School drama team will perform as historical town characters from noon to 3 p.m. at Jasper Memorial Cemetery.

Reins of Life Youth Ranch will provide horse rides during the day, and the winners from the "Why I'm Proud of My Community" essay contest held in the Jasper City Schools will read their essays at the Walker County Courthouse at noon.