Foothills Festival to return in May
by James Phillips
Feb 24, 2013 | 4873 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A popular Jasper event which hasn’t taken place in more than a decade will return in May.

The Foothills Festival, which was held from 1998 until 2000, is scheduled to return Friday and Saturday, May 3-4. Don Goetz, the city’s retail recruiter, is helping organize the event.

“We don’t have any bands booked yet, but it will be two days filled with music from several different genres,” Goetz said.

In the past, area residents had to purchase tickets for the music festival, but Goetz said this year’s event will be free. The festival was also formerly held in October.

“We had a couple of years of just terrible weather,” Goetz said. “May will be the perfect time for something like this.”

The return of the Foothills Festival is one of 63 events planned for downtown Jasper through the end of the year. The events are a joint effort between the city and the Downtown Business Association. Goetz said private donors will be helping to fund some of the events, including the Foothills Festival.

Some of the events will be held monthly. Those include coupon days on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each month where downtown businesses will run special coupons in the Daily Mountain Eagle. There will also be a yard sale on the square each month, where Goetz said parking spaces around the courthouse will be available for area residents to set up shop for the day. He said those spots will be first come, first serve and can be booked by calling the city’s VISTA worker Jenny Sayles at 205-221-8529.

Other monthly events will be ethnic days, which are designed to highlight the diverse culture of the Jasper area.

“The ethic days will feature food and entertainment from a specific ethnic group,” Goetz said. “The first ethic day will be Mexican Day Downtown on April 6.”

Throughout the summer, there will also be special events including a children’s parade in July and an Alabama/Auburn autograph day in August. Organizers are also planning a history of labor and an old time demonstration for late August as a way to celebrate Labor Day.

“We want to direct people to downtown Jasper,” Goetz said. “To do that, we need to have interesting events, and we need to hold them often. Downtown Jasper is a special place, and we want to show it off and give people plenty of entertainment. The best thing is that it will all be free.”