CARBON HILL - Preparations are underway to receive visitors at this year's Hillfest, the city's annual downtown festival, on Friday, according to Carbon Hill event planner Anita Wood.Wood, who has …
CARBON HILL - Preparations are underway to receive visitors at this year's Hillfest, the city's annual downtown festival, on Friday, according to Carbon Hill event planner Anita Wood.
Wood, who has participated in about five editions of the festival, said the annual event will run until 11 p.m. both days.
The festival will kick off Friday night with two bands, starting with the Junior Uptain Band, a country band, at 5 p.m. The event's stage will be in front of the Carbon Hill City Hall's dispatch area. Backdraft, a country and rock band, will be the night's headliner, starting at 7:30 p.m.
"Hopefully, they will keep playing and get the people coming back from the ballgames. The ballgames should be over by 10, maybe," she said.
Carbon Hill High's football team will host Hale County from Moundville at 7 p.m.
Vendors will also get underway at 5 p.m., 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.
A number of new vendors are expected to participate this year. "We should have 40 to 50 vendors. We are still getting vendors who are calling to come in," she said, noting spaces are still available.
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.
"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.
The Saturday activities will start at 8 a.m.
"On Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at the pavilion on Main Street, we will be having a prayer walk," Wood said. "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, called the Carbon Hill Community Prayer Walk.
"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 continue on Saturday with Eagles Wings, a gospel group, at 11 a.m. A drama team, Unchained, will perform at noon, followed by Tess Bryant at 1 p.m. Another drama team from Townley First Baptist Church will take the stage at 3 p.m. Born to Fly, another gospel group, will perform at 4 p.m., followed by Sipsey's Salvation at 5 p.m. The headliner for Saturday, Kreek, which is from Guin, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.
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.