Parrish Coal Fest 2018 set for April 6-7


PARRISH — The 2018 Parrish Coal Fest will be held Friday and Saturday at the Parrish Community Service Center.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall said although the name of the event is new, it is still the town’s annual BBQ cook-off and car show, which features plenty of fun for everyone.

“When you look around, every town has a name for its festival,” Hall said. “So our Festival Committee wanted to do something that honored our town’s heritage with the railroad and coal, so we decided to go with the Parrish Coal Fest.”

Gates will open Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. A number of bands are scheduled to perform throughout the two-day event, including Hannah Connell and Trademark on Friday night, and Phil Austin, Handshake Promise, Tommy Crider, Cypress Creek, Joby Rainer and Born to Fly on Saturday.

“We also have a number of educational displays from various coal companies, and our county’s local historian, Pat Morrison, will also be here with some of his historical artifacts,” Hall said. “So we’re really excited. We invite everybody to come out, get a little history lesson and have a little bit fun.”

Hall said the festival committee will also be unveiling a 4-foot by 16-foot mural painted especially for the event on Friday night.

“We will also have a Wall of Fame featuring pictures of our local coal miners. Any of our local coal miners or mine workers who would like to be featured on the Wall can just drop their picture by the Parrish Town Hall,” Hall said. “We also still have arts and crafts vendor spaces available and contestants are still welcome to enter the BBQ Cook-off.”

For more information about the Parrish Coal Fest, contact Hall at 205-686-9928 or 205-544-0283 or email