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CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381
Haleyville’s 9-1-1 Festival Set for June 4-5
Decatur, Ala. – Fifty-three years ago, the first 911 emergency call was made in the United States and the call was placed from the North Alabama town of Haleyville. The Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Haleyville 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 emergency personnel. Set for June 4-5, 2021, the 9-1-1 Festival offers activities for kids, street vendors, parade, live music, a classic car show and more.
The downtown activities begin Friday, June 4th with arts and crafts, merchandise and food vendors filling the downtown area. There will be a free kid’s zone for little ones 12 years old and younger and music gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Headliner Sawyer Brown will take the stage around 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, June 5th, the annual Haleyville alumni parade gets underway at 10 a.m. Activities lined up for the day include a classic car show benefitting the Haleyville Center of Technology Automotive Department, a cornhole tournament with over $2800 in total prize money, an antique tractor show, arts and crafts, food vendors and a kids’ zone.
Fifty-three years ago in 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the first 911 emergency call from City Hall to U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the city’s police station. The annual 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the history making moment with a free event. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. All activities are held in downtown Haleyville and admission is free.
For more information, visit www.haleyvillechamber.org, 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, 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 www.NorthAlabama.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at www.facebook.com/VisitNorthAL.