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Haleyville’s 9-1-1 Festival Set for May 31-June 1 

Decatur, Ala. – Fifty-one 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. Each year, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Haleyville host a festival to celebrate its heritage and to honor law enforcement and emergency personnel. Set for May 31-June 1, 2019, the 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the town’s role in making the first 911 call with two days of live music, activities for kids, street vendors, a classic car show and more.

The downtown activities begin Friday, May 31st and continue on Saturday, June 1st. Arts and crafts, merchandise and food vendors will fill the downtown area and there will be a free kids zone for little ones 12 years old and younger. A cornhole tournament with a $1000 first place prize will be held both days. Music gets underway Friday at 5:30 p.m. and slated to perform are Fly By Radio, 3 Wheel Drive and William Michael Morgan. Headliner for this year’s festival is two-time Entertainer of the Year Neal McCoy who will take the stage at 10 p.m. 

On Saturday, the annual 5K Extreme Challenge Color Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. and the parade gets underway at 10 a.m. Activities lined up for the day include a parade, a classic car show benefitting the Haleyville Center of Technology Automotive Department, an antique tractor show, arts and crafts, food vendors and a kids’ zone. Additional entertainment will come from aspiring artists and groups showcasing their talents during open mic. 

Fifty-one 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, 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 Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at