Hoover Day to celebrate community

Families looking for low-cost fun should head to Veterans Park in Hoover on May 3 for the third-annual Hoover Day. The festivities will last from 1-5:30 p.m.

Events Coordinator Erin Colbaugh said the day would have plenty to choose from for entertainment.

The free event will include a car show; an exhibition tent with more than 100 Hoover businesses and organizations, ranging from cosmetic companies to hospitals and insurance companies; a kids’ zone with inflatables; and animals from the Birmingham Zoo, among other attractions.

Cintas Document Management will be at the event to shred any confidential or personal records attendees may want to bring.

There will be a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. to honor the veterans that have been memorialized in the brick plaza at the park. The Fred Astaire Dance Studio, with Fabian Sanchez of TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” will have an exhibition at 2 p.m. A magician will perform at 2:30 p.m., and then the Alabama Blues Brothers will perform at 3 p.m.

Colbaugh said parking will be free at Spain Park High School, and shuttles will be provided to take attendees to the festival.

Colbaugh said event organizers were hoping to see at least 8,000 people come.

“Last year’s attendance was 7,600, so we’re hoping to see 8,000 to 10,000, or maybe even more than that,” she said.

Hoover Day is a way for Hoover families to enjoy a low-stress day with the community, Colbaugh said.

“It’s just a fun day at the park, and especially with the economy the way it is, people still want to participate in different activities throughout the year, and this is a great way to come out and do a lot of fun things at no cost,” she said.