CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Finding Fun in Red Bay 

Decatur, Ala. – Red Bay presents its annual Founder’s Fest Saturday, September 21, 2019, and everyone is invited to the northwest Alabama town for a day of free family fun. Situated under the shade trees of Bay Tree Park, the one-day tribute to the town’s heritage offers contests, arts and crafts, sidewalk sales, live music and more. 

On Saturday, the event gets underway at 8:30 a.m. with the King and Queen’s Train Ride of the winners of the beauty pageant, which will be held Sept. 15 at Red Bay High School. At 9 a.m., live music cranks up followed by a contest in the gazebo to see who has the best fried pie. Entries with the best tasting, most unusual and best of show will take home a cash prize. Additional contests for festivalgoers to participate in include a buck dancing contest (held at the main stage), quilt contest, coloring contest and a photography contest (all on display at the Weatherford Library).

Along with contests, Founder’s Fest offers arts and crafts and an antique car-truck-motorcycle-tractor show. The Red Bay Museum will be open for tours and for viewing of Making Alabama, a Bicentennial traveling exhibit. Many of the merchants will offer sidewalk sales, specials and door prizes throughout the day. A variety of festival food will be available and another crowd favorite are the giveaways to the presented. Prizes will be awarded to the largest family, longest distance traveled to the event, and youngest and oldest attendees. Also, Life South will hold a blood drive at Red Bay City Hall.

Bay Tree Park is located near 2nd Street in downtown Red Bay. Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Tracie Clark at 256.356.4473 ext. 3.

A kick-off concert featuring Resound and the Red Bay FFA String Band has been added to this year’s activities. The bands will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. and light concessions will be available to purchase. Immediately following the performances, a fireworks show will light up the night sky. Friday evening festivities will be held in Heritage Park, located at 703 2nd Street W in Red Bay. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

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