Fourth Harpersville Day set for Nov. 11

HARPERSVILLE – The theme of the Fourth Annual Harpersville Day Celebration will be “Red, White and the Blues.”

The event on Saturday, Nov. 11, will feature performances by Automatic Slim Blues Band, Chad Baker Band and local talent, along with attractions attendees have come to expect, such as the parade and car show.

Comedienne Joy the Queen of Clean and Peg Hill of the Shelby County Board of Education will serve as the MCs.

Events will begin at 8 a.m. with the Chad Baker Band.

The parade is scheduled for 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m. there will be a salute to veterans at 11 a.m. along with the announcement of winners of the hay bale contest.

All are invited to participate in the hay bale decorating contest with local businesses, schools and churches.

“The most significant thing is we honor our veterans,” said organizer Virtie Bell, who is the town’s water clerk.

Col. Randall M. Zeegers will serve as the grand marshal of the parade and guest speaker.

All veterans are invited to attend and be recognized. Personal invitations were sent to many on the town’s list, but if any other veterans would like to attend, they are asked to notify town officials by calling 672-9961.

SouthernCare Hospice will perform a bubbles ceremony in honor of veterans.

Local talent will perform at noon with a chance to win part of $325 in prize money that will be offered for first, second and third places.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs to set up around the music stage.

New at this year’s Harpersville Day will be a children’s area with an 18-foot slide, moon walk, ferris wheel, pirate ship, face painting, horseback rides and more.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter is scheduled to make an appearance.

The Cruzin-N-D-Cottin car show, which last year included more than 200 vehicles, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Organized by Mark and Tami Crowe of Harpersville Day Streetscene Automotive Restoration Co. Inc., the show features vintage cars, muscle cars, street rods, rat rods, vintage equipment, tractors, motorcycles and more.

Door prizes will be given away at the show.

A blood drive will also be held at the event.

As always, Harpersville Day will feature several food vendors and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Attractions are centered around Town Hall, which is located at 83 Town Hall Lane in Harpersville.

An estimated 1,500-2,000 people attended last year’s event and even more are expected this year.

“It’s not a moneymaker for us—it’s for the community,” event organizer and Town Clerk Stacy Walkup said. “Everybody loves it.”

Organizers thanked the event’s sponsors, which allow for free admission for attendees.

Primary sponsors include Morris-Shea Bridge Co. Inc., diamond sponsor, and Bama Budweiser of Shelby County and Alagasco, platinum sponsors.

To stay up-to-date on information related to the event, visit the “Harpersville Day 2017” Facebook page.