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Haleyville’s 9-1-1 Festival Set for June 2-3
Decatur, Ala. (May 17, 2023) – Over fifty years ago, the first 911 emergency call was made in the United States and the call was placed in the North Alabama town of Haleyville. The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the town come together each year to host a two-day festival to celebrate the town’s role in making the first 911 call and to honor law enforcement and first responders. Set for June 2-3, 2023, the 9-1-1 Festival offers activities for kids, vendors, parade, live music from southern gospel to hard rock, classic car and antique tractor show and more. Admission is free.
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 2, downtown Haleyville comes alive with free fun for the entire family. Activities include arts and crafts and food vendors a kid’s zone with inflatables for little ones 12 years old and younger and live music gets underway at 5:00 p.m. Slated to perform are The Kerry Gilbert Band, Gary Nichols, Rumours Atl: Fleetwood Mac Tribute and headliner Sister Hazel will take the stage at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, June 3, the festivities get underway at 8:00 a.m. and include a classic car show and antique tractor show, arts and crafts and food vendors, live music, a cornhole tournament and a kid’s zone. Live music fills the air beginning at 9 a.m. and slated to perform are Christy Aderholt, Tessa Aderholt, Mia Adair, Singing with Grace, Aaron Lawson, Kevin and Cherie Daniels, Axsin and The Filthy Rags. Open mic is from 9:45 to 10 a.m. for those who want to show off their talent and the annual Haleyville alumni and first responders parade gets underway at 10 a.m.
Fifty-four years ago in 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the first 911 emergency call from City Hall and it was answered just a short distance away at the city’s police station by U.S. Representative Tom Bevil. The annual 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the history making moment with a free family-friendly event. All activities are held in downtown Haleyville and festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
For more information, visit http://haleyvillechamber.org/Haleyville-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce/, follow on Facebook at Haleyville Alabama 9-1-1 Festival or call 205-486-4611.
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 and vendors. 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, by visiting www.NorthAlabama.org and by following us on social media @VisitNorthAL.