By Haleyville Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 6:02 PM
Each year, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Haleyville, AL hosts a festival to celebrate its heritage and honor law enforcement and emergency personnel. Set for June 5-6, 2015, the annual 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the town’s role in making the first 911 emergency call with all the makings of a family-friendly event including music, activities for kids, street vendors, a parade, and much more, while honoring its police, fire, rescue, and emergency personnel.
Headlining this year’s event is country rock band RESTLESS HEART which formed in 1983, and has released seven albums with twenty-five singles earning a spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Restless Heart has enjoyed six consecutive #1 hits including “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “When She Cries,” “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right”, and “Fast Movin’ Train.” In 1990, they were awarded Top Vocal Group by the Academy of Country Music. Restless Heart has received 4 Grammy nominations, 7 time Country Music Association award nominee and 4 nominations from the Academy of Country Music. From November 20, 2014 through Christmas Day they presented Restless Heart “A Season of Harmony” at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. For more information, visit www.restlessheartband.com.
The festivities get underway at noon on Friday, June 5 when Haleyville’s Main Street will be blocked off to allow the many arts/crafts and food vendors to set up. The Kids’ Zone will offer inflatable fun for those 12 years and younger beginning at 5:00 p.m. The music stage will be ready to get underway around 6:00 p.m. with “Jessica Meuse” of American Idol fame, our area’s own “Winston Ramble”, the ever popular group “Waywhilago”, and headliner RESTLESS HEART at 10 p.m.
First thing Saturday morning is the second annual 5K Fun Run at 7 a.m. sponsored by Encore Rehabilitation and SportsFit, a classic car show benefitting the Haleyville High School Automotive Technology program and an antique tractor show will both open registration at 8 a.m. A variety of activities will include something for everyone with the Kids’ Zone and the arts/crafts and food vendors opening at 9 a.m. Judging and awards for the classic car show will take place in the afternoon and more live music by the band “County Line”, who will also host an open mic for other local artists to entertain throughout the day.
In 1968, the very first 9-1-1 emergency call was placed from City Hall by Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite to U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the City’s police station. The annual 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the history making moment with an entirely free event made possible by Haleyville business, industry and individual sponsors. Festivalgoers should bring lawn chairs for music events and all activities are held in downtown Haleyville, AL. For more information, visit www.haleyvillechamber.org or call 205-486-4611.