The Red Bay Founder’s Fest takes place in September each year, attracting visitors 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.
The daylong event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the King and Queen’s Train Ride of the winners of the beauty pageant (held earlier in the month at Red Bay High School). At 9 a.m., live music cranks up and throughout the day, festivalgoers are invited to participate in a variety of contests including a buck dancing contest, quilt contest, coloring contest, photography contest, a fiddling contest and a barbecue cook-off. The popular best fried pie returns this year. Entries with the best tasting, most unusual and best of show will take home a cash prize.
Along with contests and music, 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 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. Prizes will be awarded to the largest family, longest distance traveled to the event, and youngest and oldest attendees.
Bay Tree Park is located near 2nd Street in downtown Red Bay.