CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Finding Fun in Red Bay
Annual Founder’s Fest is set for September 16.

Decatur, Ala. – Red Bay presents its annual Founder’s Fest Saturday, September 16, 2017, and everyone is invited to the northwest Alabama town for a day of free family fun. Situated under the shade trees of Bay Tree Park, the one-day tribute to the town’s heritage offers contests, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, live music and more.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the King and Queen’s Train Ride of the winners of the beauty pageant, which will be held on Sept. 10 at Red Bay High School. At 9 a.m., live music cranks up followed by a contest to see who has the best fried pie at 11 a.m. Entries with the best tasting, most unusual and best of show will take home a cash prize. Additional contests for festivalgoers to participate in include a buck dancing contest, quilt contest, coloring contest, photography contest, a fiddling contest and a barbecue cook-off.

Along with the contests, Founder’s Fest offers arts and crafts, a 5K run, an antique car-truck-motorcycle-tractor show. The Red Bay Museum will be open for tours and many of the merchants will offer sidewalk sales, specials, and door prizes throughout the day. A variety of festival food will be available and another crowd favorite are the giveaways. Prizes will be awarded to the largest family, longest distance traveled to the event, and youngest and oldest attendees.

Bay Tree Park is located near 2nd Street in downtown Red Bay. Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Tracie Clark at 256.356.4473 ext. 3.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state.  It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at