Fort Payne knows how to have fun and bring out the families to enjoy fellowshipping with their neighbors. To truly experience the essence and joy of small town life one only needs to experience the wonderful festivals and celebrations that showcase the community and the people who live here.
Fort Payne has festivals honoring its heritage and history, celebrations of the seasons, and of course the always anticipated Fall County Fair. Music is always a major presence in these mountains and valleys and you can be sure to hear the strands of bluegrass, country, or gospel forming the backdrop of any major get-together.
Grab a blanket or chair and relax to the sounds of bluegrass or browse the booths and artists for unique gifts, but come out and join the town as we celebrate our history, our country, and our music.
Boom Days Heritage Celebration
The Boom Days Heritage Celebration, Fort Payne’s annual art and music festival, displays citizens of Fort Payne taking a second look at their past and the heritage passed down to them through the arts and crafts of our area. It features dozens of the South’s finest visual artists and traditional craftsmen, as well as dozens of the area’s most talented musical groups.
Four blocks of the city’s downtown district are closed to traffic while art shows occupy Alabama Park and City Park, and a variety of music flows from four outdoor stages. Downtown merchants operate sidewalk sales, and cultural and historical displays are mounted at the Fort Payne Culture & Heritage Center and the Depot Museum.
The Boom Days Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament is also held as a part of this celebration.
Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park is an annual event held in City Park in downtown Fort Payne. This celebration is always popular even when temperatures dip into the teens. You can warm up next to the bonfire, grab a cup of complimentary hot cocoa or coffee and a bag of popcorn or peanuts, enjoy listening to the caroling, or simply enjoy the Christmas lights that shine throughout downtown including the huge tree of lights in the park.
At the conclusion of this celebration everyone settles in to enjoy the Christmas parade. Local businesses and organizations all enjoy participating. The Fort Payne Wildcat Marching Band is always a highlight. And finally, last but not least, you can be sure to spot Santa Claus anchoring the parade.
Fourth of July Celebration
Fort Payne’s annual Independence Day celebration brings together the community for an evening of fellowship, great music, good food, and fireworks. The town gathers together at the FORT PAYNE SPORTS COMPLEX to enjoy complimentary peanuts, popcorn and drinks. Food and drinks will also be available from local vendors, for additional cost. As each person enters he is presented with a flag which gives the gathering a truly patriotic feeling.
As the evening turns to dusk the crowd is treated to a concert featuring our talented local musicians. The night culminates with ooh’s and ah’s as a spectacular fireworks display lights up the night.
DeKalb County Fiddler’s Convention
“The pioneers who settled these valleys and majestic mountains brought with them the fiddle and the bow, on which they played the old-time music in their lowly thatched cabin homes. With the accumulation of years, the red men have disappeared, the big forests have been cleared away, the Indian trails converted into a network of highways, new generations have come and gone, but the old time music of the fiddle and the bow will never cease to soothe the human soul or charm the wild impulse of the savage beast.”
The above passage was printed in the Fort Payne Journal on August 10, 1938, describing the annual DeKalb County Fiddlers’ Convention. From 1908 until 1942 people packed Fort Payne on the first Monday night of the fall session of Circuit Court to attend this musical event.
This event continues today and features over 10 categories in which contestants can register to participate. It includes old-time fiddling, banjos, blue grass, and much more. For more information about admission or entry fees, contact the Big Wills Arts Council at256-845-2224.
Dekalb County VFW Agricultural Fair
You truly feel like fall has arrived when the county fair comes to town. The lights of the midway, the smell of funnel cakes, the sound of the live music, and the many exhibits draw in thousands of visitors each year.
The DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair is known for its tradition of excellence. It has been voted the state’s top agricultural fair for many years. This event has vast community participation and features exhibits of handmade crafts, canned foods, photography, drawings, flower arrangements, quilts, as well as live animals such as cattle and chickens.
The midway is always popular and there are rides for all ages. Various nights of the week feature specials such as one price for unlimited rides. The vendors feature your fair favorites including funnel cakes, caramel apples, corn dogs, and cotton candy. And try your hand at the many games of chance that line the path.
And don’t forget to sit a spell and enjoy the live music performances that are on stage nightly. Whether it is bluegrass or gospel, these artists put on a great show.
For more information, visit : DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair