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Falkville fire, police will keep annual fall festival going

By Ronnie Thomas · 340-2438

FALKVILLE — Falkville Community Pride, which launched the town’s annual fall festival a decade ago, won’t be in charge this year, but the show will go on.

The Falkville Volunteer Fire Department and the Police Department are teaming up as sponsors for the Oct. 27 event. The Park and Recreation Board will head up bingo, and community members will lend a hand to other festival events.

“We decided to step back from it this year and let someone else try their luck with it,” said Tina Rogers, Falkville Community Pride president. “We’ll remain active, and we’ll be working on Christmas in the Park for Dec. 2.”

Rogers said the festival had been a lot of fun for all members and hopes that the town and surrounding communities will continue to support it.

“We might have a booth at the festival next year,” she said.

Police Chief Chris Free said he and Fire Chief Eric Sawyer got together to discuss how to keep the festival alive.

“We talked with others about it, and everyone agreed it was good for the town and that we should work to keep it going,” Free said. “So, we went full speed ahead.”

Firefighters will resume their traditional benefit pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. at the fire station on Railroad Street. Free said that in return for donations, festivalgoers will have a choice of pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee, orange juice and milk.

“Most other events will start by 9 a.m.,” Free said. “There will be a chili cookoff at 10:30 a.m., and we’ll announce the winners during the early afternoon.”

He said bingo will continue throughout the day in the council chambers of the municipal building.

“There will be an antique tractor show, tons of activities for children and LifeSouth will have a blood drive on First Avenue,” Free said.

“Also, the Lions Club is bringing in its health bus for blood sugar and cholesterol checks.”

Free said the Morgan County Cattlemen’s Association has already reserved a booth to serve rib-eye sandwiches and Woodmen of the World will offer ribs and Boston butt.

“Two bands, one that plays country and the other music from the 1950s and 1960s, will entertain throughout the day,” he said.

Booths are $20 and remain available for vendors, organizations and individuals. To reserve a booth or for more information on the festival, call 784-5922.

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