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PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Fort Payne’s Salute to its Heritage
Annual Boom Days Set for September 20-21

Decatur, Ala. – Music, art and historical artifacts are at the center of the annual Boom Days Heritage Celebration. Set for September 20-21, 2019, in downtown Fort Payne, Boom Days offers live music from over two dozen acts, a children’s entertainment area, arts and crafts, quilt show, model train exhibit, a juried art show, a 5K and museum tours at the Fort Payne Depot and Fort Payne Hosiery. Admission is free.

The two-day event kicks off Sept. 20th with live music from 6 to 10 p.m. A day of music, art and heritage is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21st. The streets and parks will be filled with arts and crafts, artists and artisans as well as numerous food vendors serving everything from gator on a stick and barbeque to cotton candy and snow cones. There will be plenty of activities for the kids ranging from animal rides to bouncy houses and even a zip line, rock climbing wall and bungee trampolines.

Over two dozen acts will perform with the two-day event culminating with Diamond Rio who will take the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21st. All music is presented for free. For a complete lineup, visit

Festivalgoers are invited to catch one of four special theatrical productions at the Fort Payne Opera House on
Sept. 21st. Written and directed by Eddie McPherson, Phantom of the Opera House is the comical ghost story detailing the history of the Fort Payne Opera House as the story unfolds. Performances will take place at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

During the late nineteenth century, Fort Payne experienced a huge coal and iron boom, and in the twentieth century, a boom in textile manufacturing led to the city’s one time claim of “Sock Capital of the World.”  As a nod to its manufacturing heritage, the mountaintop town hosts the Boom Days Heritage Celebration. 

For more information including a schedule of events, go to or call 256-997-0396.

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