Arab’s annual Community Fair is Saturday. The free event is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Arab Historic Village at Arab City Park.
“You’ll find unique hand-crafted jewelry, arts and crafts, hand-made soaps and home décor, hand-sewn quilts and scarves, vintage furniture, exquisite hand-blown glass, one-of-a-kind custom pottery, hand-stitched children’s clothing, and items you didn’t even know existed, but now simply can’t live without,” said AHV director Juanita Edmondson.
Also Saturday, food trucks will fill the air with aromas of smoked chicken leg quarters, smoked sausage dogs, slow-cooked Boston butt, burgers and hot dogs, corn dogs, funnel cakes and so much more.
“The kids can enjoy an ice cold snow cone while getting their face painted,” Edmondson said. “There are also live performances from local musicians throughout the day. Local businesses will also be on hand giving away free merchandise. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will be participating with their sailboat regatta, their rope bridge and face painting.”
Arab Historic Village will open all its buildings with activities reminiscent of the Great Depression and World War II eras, including hand quilting, candy making, grinding cornmeal, making horseshoes, teaching in a two-room school, keeping a farmhouse with few conveniences of today, and going to the local general store where they got everything on their list, as well as a time to socialize, discuss politics, play checkers and enjoy a Moon Pie and RC Cola.
The Smith Country Store in the Village will have bluegrass music most of the day from Karen and Betty and their popular bluegrass band.
The Rice Church will feature gospel singing all day, including groups such as Ukulele Band of Alabama, Arab First Methodist Praise Team and Shirley Gullion’s famous foot stomping ole-time gospel singing and playing, Edmondson said.
“Brindlee Mountain was much like all the other rural communities in Alabama during that era. Children learned to cut wood at an early age, churn milk and actually build small projects as a past time during those days,” Edmondson said. “They will have the opportunity to do those things at Community Fair.
“Besides being fun, community fairs and festivals offer a host of economic and social benefits to communities. They foster community pride, teach people new things and strengthen relationships,” she continued. “This year is no exception. Arab Community Fair is planned so that the entire family will have something to enjoy. Whether it be shopping, eating, playing, listening to music or stepping back in time to sample what life was like nearly a century ago, the Arab Fair offers plenty of entertainment and opportunity for a change in pace.”
Also scheduled for Saturday are:
• Food vendors
There will be enough food at Community Fair to satisfy the pickiest eaters.
Vendors will be selling barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, penny candy, RC Colas, Moon Pies and more.
• Civil War re-enactment
The Marshall County Capt. John Rayburn Camp 452 group makes its annual journey to Arab City Park.
The company will set up camp and live in the park as Civil War soldiers would have during the war.
The re-enactors will welcome you to their camp.
• Elvin Light Museum
Enjoy the many exhibits on display and pick up copies of the Arab Historical Society’s publications.
Memberships to the society are discounted to $10 for those who join Saturday.
• Smalley Gristmill and Phillips Blacksmith Shop
Watch as corn is ground into meal, then look next door as men work in the blacksmith shop.
• As usual, the Historical Society will be selling its publications, “Trails and Traces” and the J.A. Thomason book, as well as the cookbook “Century Reflections” and several others.