From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce confirmed City Fest: Tailgate & Celebrate will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
“After a springtime postponement and another name change to fit the season, Trussville’s 40-year-old signature event that began as Dog Daze in 1980 and became City Fest in 2013 is getting a different location and a whole new uptown/hometown feel,” the chamber said in a statement.
The celebration, presented by Trussville Gas & Water will begin at 8 a.m. at Civitan Park and will extend to Trussville’s new Entertainment District.
“We chose this date not long after we postponed the festival in May, and we were gearing toward a venue along the Greenway,” said June Mathews, executive director of the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce. “But when we heard the SEC had chosen Sept. 26 for its opening day, we switched to tailgate-and-celebrate mode, changed our focus a bit, and kept moving forward.”
On the tailgate side, the Auburn and Alabama games will be shown on the big screen on stage at the Entertainment District at 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., respectively. In between, local performers and the hilariously entertaining Three on a String will take the stage.
The event will also serve as a festive conclusion to Trussville’s Bicentennial Celebration, cut short earlier this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Related activities include a cemetery walk hosted by the Trussville Memorial Cemetery Association and a presentation by ACTA performers of a short historic play penned by local writer Lynne Long.
The Trussville City Schools Foundation will host a cornhole tournament at Slag Heap Brewing Company, and the Trussville Fresh Farmers Market will be in its usual spot at the corner of Parkway and Main. Local mobile pet grooming business Pup Scrub will host a Pup Strut dog pageant with proceeds going to Trussville’s Cahaba Dog Park.
Throw in a food court with a dozen or more food truck favorites, a super-fun kids area, and a vendor area featuring arts, crafts, civic groups, local businesses and more, and you’ve got a festival that truly has it all.
A committee composed of city and community leaders is responsible for the new name of the festival as well as for organizing the collaboration of individuals, businesses, churches, and civic groups making this multi-venue event possible.
Masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are encouraged throughout the festival. Hand sanitizing stations will be available.
Admission to Trussville City Fest: Tailgate & Celebrate is free, though nominal charges for some kids’ activities will apply.
Vendor information is available on www.trussvillechamber.com, at the chamber office (400 Main Street in downtown Trussville), via email request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the chamber office at 205-655-7535.
“Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, stake out a spot, and spend the day with us,” said Mathews. “You can picnic in the park, enjoy the music, check out the vendor booths and kids’ activities, or watch the games on the big screen. There’ll be plenty of fun for all.”
For Trussville City Fest, Tailgate & Celebrate updates, follow the Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook and Instagram.
The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce seeks to provide leadership and a coordination of efforts that will contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life of the Trussville-area community.