Piedmont to host Country Fair Saturday
by Laura Gaddy
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There will be no shortage of weekend events in Piedmont and Jacksonville Saturday.

Piedmont will host the Old Fashioned Country Fair, where attendees will be able to shop at craft booths, view old cars, see vintage tractors, here live music and play games in the heart of the city. Meanwhile in Jacksonville there will be four separate events, including a trail run, a yard decorating contest, a community softball game and a fund raiser.

The country fair in Piedmont will begin at 9 a.m .and will last until 3 p.m. It will include an arm wresting, a pie eating contest and fair food including barbecue and fried Oreo cookies, said organizer Dan Freeman. .

“If you’re hungry, this is where you need to be,” Freeman said. “It’s going to be a hoot.”

The first Saturday Jacksonville event, the Jacksonville Health Festival, will kick off with a 4-mile trail run at 7 a.m. on the mountain bike trails at Henry Farm. The health festival will continue until 11 a.m. and will include health screenings, exercise demos and nature walks.

The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market will also take part in the event by opening at Henry Farm, instead of at their usual location in the parking lot being the stores on the east side of the Public Square.

As the health fair is ending at 11 a.m., a fun day “Fun Day” will be beginning at the Eastwood School. That event will include face painting, binglo, musical chairs and a community softball game, but the Fun Day is about more than having a good time, said Sandra Suddeth, the chairwoman for a Eastwood School preservation organization.

“We’re having this to make people aware of the Eastwood School and the history behind it,” said Suddeth. “We want it to continue to be a part of the city.”

The school was used to educate black children until the the federal government required public schools in Alabama to integrate, Sudduth said. After that it became a daycare center, which closed in 2011 and the old building has since been vacant.

Sudduth said she hopes the Saturday event enables people to learn more about the property and that it encourages them to talk about about how it might be used in the future.

Saint Charles Catholic Church in Jacksonville will also host one of its two annual fundraising events, Octoberfest. The event will start at 6 p.m. and is a take on the German fall festival Oktoberfest, which last two weeks and is synonymous with beer drinking.

In keeping with the original Oktoberfest, Saint Charles’ Oktoberfest will center around German culture and it will include a traditional German meal and beer will be served, said Sue Large, administrative assistant to the priest.

The event will also include games, a silent auction and a raffle. Held to raise money to pay for the church’s building and maintenance projects, tickets for Octoberfest are still available and cost between $5 and $15. Couples tickets will be sold for $25, Large said.

The Jacksonville Profile Mill Village Neighborhood Association will also host fall events from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Called the Fall-tastic Clean up, Yard Contest and Block Party, the participants will have the chance to work and play at the neighborhood associations event.

From 8 a.m. to noon the neighborhood association will work with volunteers from area civic organizations and and the fire department to help spruce up homes and lot in the historic community, said organizer Joseph Munster. Later, he said, people from the Jacksonville State University art department will walk through the neighborhood to judge a yard decorating contest.

Munster said the lawns will be decorated with a Halloween or Fall theme and that each participant will incorporate a life size scarecrow into their design. Beginning at 6 p.m., the association will host a block party, which will end at 10 p.m.

“It’s a good way to get out and just meet your neighbors,” Munster said. “We want to do at least one event a     quarter to get together as a neighborhood.”

Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.
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