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Annual Festivals & Events Around DeKalb County AL
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
Ider Town Park is located behind the Ider Town Hall.
Fyffe Town Park location of Annual UFO Days Festival.
Henagar Memorial City Park-location of Annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival
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.
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 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!
This is really a day worth spending with the family in Ider AL at Ider Mule Day .