Volunteers needed for Day’s Gap Festival

Posted 10/11/17


Daily Mountain Eagle

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is seeking volunteers to help the inaugural Day’s Gap Fest run smoothly on Friday and Saturday.

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Volunteers needed for Day’s Gap Festival



Daily Mountain Eagle

OAKMAN — The Town of Oakman is seeking volunteers to help the inaugural Day’s Gap Fest run smoothly on Friday and Saturday.

Oakman’s Day’s Gap Fest will begin at 4 p.m. Friday and last until at least 10 p.m. that night. Organizers say the event could last longer Friday night to give students time to enjoy the festivities after the home football game between Oakman and Montevallo. The festival will continue on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and run until after 10 p.m. that night.

All festival events will be in Oakman’s historic downtown district.

Town leaders need volunteers to help oversee all aspects of the festival, including general festival set up and the monitoring of a kids area with bouncy houses, a swing and other activities. Oakman Events Coordinator Kim Ergle said they could also use people to help with parking, and they would like volunteers to assist vendors as they set up their booths.

“It’s not an all-day thing. We’re going to try to do it in shifts,” Ergle said.

Volunteers could also help manage an informational booth or assist in sprucing up downtown Oakman for the inaugural festival. Volunteers spent last weekend picking up trash in the town in preparation for the festival.

The Day’s Gap Fest will feature 18 bands and at least 75 vendors during the two-day festival, and a cornhole tournament and car and motorcycle show will be held on Saturday.

The cornhole tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, with registration at 10 a.m. that day. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.

The car and motorcycle show will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

There will be many food vendors at the festival serving catfish, shrimp, polish sausage, lemonade, shaved ice, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, pork skins, barbecue, roasted corn and other options.

Vendors are confirmed for the festival to sell craft items such as handmade jewelry, wood crafts, home decor, paintings, wind chimes, handmade soaps and more. There will also be boutique clothing vendors and crocheted and hand sewn creations.

Clay Swafford will kick off the entertainment on Friday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., followed by Barry Evans, Jeff Parnell and Steve Hagood at 5 p.m., Born To Fly at 6 p.m., Ernie McClinton at 7 p.m., Joby Rainer at 8 p.m. and Rudy Glasgow at 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14, the Busby’s will begin the day with a performance at 10 a.m., and Born To Fly will play the festival for the second day at 11 a.m. Joe Tucker and the Day’s Gap Band will perform at noon, followed by The Spook House Saints at 1 p.m., Walker County Steppers at 2:30 p.m., Scottie Simmons at 3 p.m., Tony Evans at 4 p.m., Jessica Coger at 5 p.m., Macabillies at 6 p.m., Vorpal Sword at 7 p.m., Griff Waid at 8 p.m. and headliner Michael Warren at 9 p.m.

The Oakman Senior Center will provide a hospitality area exclusive to sponsors, and visitors to Day’s Gap Fest will have an opportunity to enter a king size quilt giveaway, made by those at the senior center. Tickets to enter are $2 each, and the drawing for the quilt will take place during the festival Oct. 14. People may already enter by calling (205) 622-3197. The senior center will also have treats for sale during the festival.

To accommodate the festival, Market Street/Oakman Parrish Road in front of Oakman Town Hall will be closed Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will allow time for those participating in the car and motorcycle show to park their vehicles and leave later that day. The same road from the Texaco to the Oakman Post Office will also be closed beginning Friday at 6 a.m. through Sunday at 6 a.m. Vendors and entertainment will be in that area of downtown.

In addition, Washington Street will be closed. Highway 69 will remain open during the entirety of the festival.

The post office can still be accessed by Jackson Street during the festival, and the Texaco and other businesses can be accessed off Highway 69.

Ergle said there will be signs for parking.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for the festival should call Oakman Town Hall at (205) 622-3232 or Ergle at (205) 300-0143.

The full entertainment line up for the Day’s Gap Fest was published in the Oct. 1 edition of the Daily Mountain Eagle, along with other event details.