Haleyville’s 9-1-1 Festival Set for June 3-4
Country Music Singer Sara Evans to Headline 2022 Festival
Decatur, Ala. – 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 emergency personnel. Set for June 3-4, 2022, the 9-1-1 Festival offers activities for kids, street vendors, parade, live music, an antique tractor show, and more. Admission is free.
The downtown activities begin Friday, June 3 at 3:00 p.m. with arts and crafts and food vendors filling the streets of the downtown area. There will be a free kid’s zone with inflatables for little ones 12 years old and younger and the music gets underway at 5:00 p.m. Headliner Sara Evans will take the stage at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, June 4, the festivities get underway at 8:00 a.m. with a classic car show, antique tractor show, arts and crafts, and food vendors. The annual Haleyville alumni and first responders parade get underway at 10 a.m. Additional activities lined up for the day include a cornhole tournament and a kids’ zone.
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 www.haleyvillechamber.org, follow on Facebook at Haleyville Alabama 9-1-1 Festival or call 205-486-4611.
The first 9-1-1 phone call was made from Haleyville on February 16, 1968. Festival honors all police, fire, and emergency personnel and includes a street dance on Friday, parade, arts and crafts, a car show, children’s activities, food on Sat., 8 a.m.-until. Free.