CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381



Celebrate Fall with a Day of Free Family Fun


Decatur, Ala. – The last Saturday in October, downtown Hamilton, Ala. welcomes guests from near and far for the town’s signature fall event. Set for October 28, 2017, the Buttahatchee River Fall Festival offers a day of fun for the entire family including a Civil War reenactment, arts and crafts, live music, a motorcycle, tractor and car show, a kids’ area and more. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.


While the Buttahatchee River Fall Festival doesn’t officially get underway until 9 a.m., festival goers can arrive as early 8 a.m. for the motorcycle, car, and antique tractor show where hundreds of vintage beauties will fill the streets of downtown Hamilton. Children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors featuring a variety of items such as handmade traditional folk pottery, gourd art, bird houses, iron works, glass, handmade jewelry and live music featuring gospel, country, bluegrass, and rock will keep the crowd entertained throughout the day.


The Marion County Historical Society will host a Civil War reenactment, living history and period demonstrations at the Hamilton-Sullins House, located one block north of the Marion County Courthouse. Additional activities include barbecue contest, a 5K and one mile run, special sales by local merchants.


Hosted by the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival is held in Hamilton, in and around the Court Square of the Marion County Courthouse and throughout the downtown area. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4thavenues and 1st and 2nd streets will be closed for traffic. The Buttahatchee River Fall Fest is named after the Buttahatchee River, which zigzags its way through Hamilton and connects with the Tombigbee River in Mississippi. For more information, visit or call 205.921.7786 or 205.952.9884.


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 AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at