Annual Festivals & Events Around DeKalb County AL

DeKalb County Alabama located on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama
DeKalb County Alabama located on Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama

DeKalb County AL

DeKalb County is located in Northeast Alabama, is mostly rural and made up of small towns and communities. It is a beautiful area of the state and has a lot to offer for anyone wanting to move here or just visit its many parks, attractions and festivals.

Fort Payne and Rainsville are two of the county's largest cities and offer great restaurants, national retailers & home-owned shops, theaters, and plenty of outdoor venues & parks for great family fun.

I have put together a few of the annual festivals and events that are held in these small towns and communities around DeKalb County AL. All of these events are FREE to attend and they all offer a great time for people of all ages.

Annual Festivals Around DeKalb County AL

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A marker10793 Al Highway 75 Ider, AL 35981-4627 -
10793 Hwy 75, Ider, AL 35978, USA
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Ider Town Park is located behind the Ider Town Hall.

B markerGraves Street Fyffe AL 35971 -
Graves St, Fyffe, AL 35971, USA
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Fyffe Town Park location of Annual UFO Days Festival.

C marker17519 AL HIGHWAY 75 Henagar AL 35978 -
17519 Hwy 75, Henagar, AL 35978, USA
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Henagar Memorial City Park-location of Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival

Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival-Henagar AL
Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival-Henagar AL

Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival- Henagar AL

The annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival has been going on for over 25 years now. It is always located at the Henagar City Park in Henagar AL and it is always guaranteed to be full of good food and fun for everyone!

This area is located in the northern part of DeKalb County Alabama and has deep roots in potato farming. The community comes together to celebrate their rich farming heritage and the country's Independence Day all rolled into one celebration.

People come from all over to join in the festivities which offers a car and motorcycle show, arts and crafts from local artists, horseshoe tournaments, live entertainment, pony rides and games & inflatables for the kids.

Of course there are local vendors set up with potato entrees fixed every way imaginable, side dishes, homemade ice cream and more!

The whole festival gets started with a parade down Highway 75 in Henagar and then at the end of the day they have a spectacular fireworks display that can be seen for miles. Truly a wonderful way to spend the day with family and friends at this FREE event, the Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival.

Hot Air Balloons at the Annual UFO Days-Fyffe AL
Hot Air Balloons at the Annual UFO Days-Fyffe AL
Is it a UFO? No just a hot air balloon at the Annual UFO Days-Fyffe AL
Is it a UFO? No just a hot air balloon at the Annual UFO Days-Fyffe AL
UFO Days-Fyffe AL-Fun for ALL!
UFO Days-Fyffe AL-Fun for ALL!
Hope on and take a ride at the UFO Days-Fyffe AL
Hope on and take a ride at the UFO Days-Fyffe AL
Float away in your own UFO at UFO Days-Fyffe AL
Float away in your own UFO at UFO Days-Fyffe AL

UFO Days -Fyffe AL

Come fly high in the sky at the Annual UFO Days held in Fyffe AL.

This free event has been going on for 6 years and is held in late August.

Now you may be wondering why some small town in DeKalb County AL is celebrating UFO's, well let me give you a little history.

In 1989 Fyffe AL got its claim to fame by becoming known as the "UFO Capital of Alabama" and even received recognition by the state with a State resolution passed April 13, 1989.

Their fame did not remain local, the little town of Fyffe put themselves on the map by being featured on such shows as "Unsolved Mysteries".

So why all the attention and talk about UFO's?

During that year the town of Fyffe reported several sightings of UFO's(unidentified flying objects) in the area causing such an uproar that soon people were coming from all over packing the streets in hopes of seeing one of these "UFO's" for themselves.

This really sparked the town's growth and over the years Fyffe has wanted to revive this excitement and attention their little country town received.

The town of Fyffe decided to start the festival about 6 years ago as a way to remember their time in the spotlight and to promote tourism to their little part of the world.

This free festival begins at sunrise with the launch of hot air balloons at sunrise.

Then the festival continues with fun for the whole family at the Town of Fyffe public park located on Graves Street.

The festival comes alive with musical entertainment, local vendors, food, games and special characters making appearances (like Star Wars characters) and of course plenty of inflatables for the kids.

The evening ends with another Hot Air balloon launch at sunset and live music for a street dance.

And just so you know they want everyone to know that their UFO stands for "Unforgettable Family Outing", a great time to be had by all at the UFO Days in Fyffe AL.

UFO Days Fyffe AL 2008

Ider Mule Day- Ider AL
Ider Mule Day- Ider AL
Mule Pull Competition atIder Mule Day-Ider AL
Mule Pull Competition atIder Mule Day-Ider AL
Ider Town Hall-Ider AL
Ider Town Hall-Ider AL
Ider Mule Day Parade-Ider AL
Ider Mule Day Parade-Ider AL

Ider Mule Day-Ider AL

Ider Mule Day began in 1987 and is held every year on Labor Day.

It all started way back in 1840 in Columbia TN as a day where mule breeders would get together for a livestock show and market day for mule traders.

It eventually evolved into a festival that now attracts over 200,000 people to the festival in Columbia TN.

Now the Ider Mule Day is a little smaller but still has people come in with their teams of mules from all over the country.

The crowds for Ider Mule Day average around 15,000 people every year coming together in Ider AL to showcase their wares and celebrate their heritage.

This event is not free but almost it is only $1 per adult with the proceeds from Mule Day benefiting the town of Ider’s park fund.

Ider Mule Day starts off with a parade of mules, horses, wagons, carriages, antique tractors and more!

Some of the events include a mule pull, a horse pull, arts and crafts from local artists, games for the kids, good food from local vendors and an antique tractor and car show.

This is really a day worth spending with the family in Ider AL at Ider Mule Day .

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Have You Ever Visited DeKalb County AL? 2 comments

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CarolineMichelle 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

Great hub! Wow, didn't know Alabama had a UFO capital! :)


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago Author

It is amazing at how much attention this little town got and how much the population increased after the sightings and all the publicity. Thanks for stopping by!

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