Oakman's third annual Days Gap Festival kicks off this Friday and promises to be the biggest in the short history of the event.
"Going into our third year, we have seen so much growth and excitement with our festival," Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said. "The festival means so much to the people in our community. It's just that it has that 'it' factor about it."
Friday's entertainment will be headlined by BJ Reeves, a country artist from Nashville. Friday's lineup will see Eagle River Band at 5:30, Donny James at 6:30, The Spook House Saints at 7:30 and Reeves at 8:30. Saturday will feature eight artists, beginning with Youngvolkalz and the Movement at noon with Ernie McClinton, Hannah McFarland, Fall City, Midnight Express David Upton, Adam Aaron, Anthony Sellers and Acoustic Mishap, a mainstay in west Alabama since 2004, all taking the stage at the top of each hour.
Franks said he is excited for this year's musical lineup.
"I always try and get local talent because I feel we have enough artists locally that people have never heard," he said. "It gives people the chance to see just how talented we are here in Walker County and surrounding areas."
The festival, which will run from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, will feature a number of food vendors, arts and crafts, and a kid's zone on Saturday for younger attendees.
Also from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday will be the 2019 Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show with door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and $100 cash prize.
Market Street, from Highway 69 to Washington Street, and Washington Street, from Cobb Street to Market Street, will be closed from Friday, October 11 at noon until 1 a.m. Sunday to make room for the festival.
"It's not about how many people show up, but the relationships that are formed and the people coming back home, seeing family members and old classmates and enjoying the history of our town," Franks said. "We have a lot of elderly people here in Oakman who have been here their whole lives and they look forward to this event. It gives them a sense of pride to see all the people coming to our little town and enjoying themselves."