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Arley’s Big Town Celebration Set for May 15

Decatur, Ala. – For 47 years, the Arley Day Festival, Car Show and Parade has brought colossal fun to the small North Alabama town with a day filled with free, family-friendly activities. Set for May 15, 2021, the one-day event is a celebration of the town of Arley, the heart of Smith Lake, complete with a parade, car show, arts and crafts vendors, games, horse rides, food trucks and more.

Presented by the Arley Women’s Club, the Arley Day Festival begins early. For those arriving hungry, there are two options for breakfast. Arley First Baptist Church will host a pancake breakfast at the Arley Fire Station or stop by Meek Baptist Church for a friendly meal in their fellowship hall. Both are open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and are free. Donations are welcomed, with proceeds going to the Arley Volunteer Fire Department.
A Fun Walk/5K Run takes to the streets at 7 a.m. and vendors will be up and running at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins making its way down Highway 41 to Hamner Park where the car show kicks off the day of activities at 8:30 a.m. and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Meek High School basketball team will host a mini-camp. Because of the tremendous support provided from the community this year, all of the children’s activities are free including horse rides, the bungee trampoline, inflatables and games for the little ones in Toddler Town.

The event takes place at D. H. Hamner Park located on Helicon Road/Highway 77 in Arley. Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. Supporters of the event joining the Arley Women’s Club include Cullman Electric Cooperative, Son’s of Arley, Arley Coffee Shop, Honda of Jasper & Hyundai of Jasper, Mason Family Farms, Traditions Bank, BANKFIRST, Bank of Walker County, Melissa Dodge of Lake and Coast Real Estate, Fontaine Fifth Wheel, FSMG Services, Grayson Lumber Corporation, JTM Broadband, Jeff Roberts of MavenCross Wealth Advisors, Connie Teems of Integrity Real Estate, Scott Crump Toyota, Williams Hardware, Busy B Florist and Gifts, Doc Bramblett Properties, Capstone Rural Health Center, Coca Cola, Don Allison Equipment, Flowers Bakery, Isaac’s Heating and Cooling, Lakeside Life Magazine, Dr. Nicole Jones of Jones Mediation, Smith Lake Family Care, Smith Lake Flea Market and Vintage Mall, Smith Lake Landscaping, Smith Lake Properties, TherapySouth and Victory Auto Sales. Proceeds help support Hamner Park improvements, Meek School System, the Arley Public Library and other community-focused projects year-round. 

Lakeside Life Magazine readers recently voted Arley Day Festival Best Event, Hamner Park Best Park and Arley Women’s Club as Best Non-Profit for 2020.

For more information, click here or visit Arley Women’s Club on Facebook.

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 by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at