Each year brings countless events and celebrations to towns throughout the northern segment of Alabama. Whether it is a historical reenactment or an arts and music festival, each of these annual happenings is a statement about who we are, an affirmation of the North Alabaman identity.
Over 2,000 re-enactors and thousands of spectators come to Jackson County each March to witness the larges Civil War re-enactment battle in the state. Special events before the "Siege at Bridgeport" battle include a ladies tea and a mortar shoot. The evening is capped off with an outdoor dinner and a social ball dance for those dressed in period attire.
This two-day event in May allows Northern Alabamans to taste some of the best Barbecue in the country. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the main competition will pit award-winning cooking teams against one another. The Shade Tree Cookers Competition lets amateurs find out who is the best backyard cook. The festival features a kid's fun zone and great country and oldies music.
The Arts Alive Festival in Florence is a two-day arts and crafts fair held in Wilson park each May. The juried show is open to all artists and craftspeople. Past exhibitors have displayed paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, stained glass and textiles.
Fort Payne celebrates its long history of folk music with the Mountain Music Festival in June. Five city blocks of music, food and entertainment stretch over two days. Held in the historic downtown district of Fort Payne, the festival also features an art exhibition of the best work by regional artists.
Organized by the Spring City Cycling Club, the All-You-Can-Eat Century Ride is a biking event suitable for cyclists of many experience levels. Those who participate can choose between 25, 50, 65, 90, or 107-mile routes. Each course winds through the scenic Appalachian foothills and includes rest stops replete with snacks, restrooms and maps. The day's events finish with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner.