Shelby Iron Works holding Fall Festival

Published 11:19 am Thursday, September 27, 2018


SHELBY – Old-time traditions will be on display at the Shelby Iron Works Park during its Fall Festival on Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This family-friendly event will offer fun and educational activities for people of every age. The festival, which has been going on for about 30 years, always draws a great crowd and features many things to see and do.

“People coming to the Fall Festival can expect to see a variety of old time activities,” said Frank Hebert, event coordinator. “There will be antique tractors on display. We will be squeezing and cooking sorghum syrup, running the antique sawmill and giving blacksmith demonstrations. We will have live music, a variety of vendors, and hamburgers and hot dogs. There will be face painting and a bouncy house for the kids.”

Park volunteers have created replicas of a one room farm house and an old school house for visitors to experience. The country store and museum will be open for everyone to enjoy.

Vendors are welcome for $20. If you are interested in being a vendor for this event, contact Hebert at 531-9298 or by email at

“Parking and admission are free but donations are welcome. Both the Iron Works Museum and Industrial Museum will be open for tours at no charge,” Hebert said. “The festival will begin at 9 a.m. and last until around 3 p.m.”

The Shelby Iron Works has a rich industrial history, and was home to what was the largest charcoal blast furnace in Alabama. It was established in 1846 by Horace Ware. The Fall Festival provides an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the iron industry, which was instrumental in the development of Shelby County.