By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The 2021 Trussville City Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.
Trussville City Fest 2021: Better Together will celebrate the reuniting of families and friends following a year of pandemic restrictions and distancing. Presenting sponsor for the event is the Trussville City Schools Foundation.
The festivities will begin with a 20th-anniversary observance of the 2001 attack on America at the Veteran’s Memorial at 9 a.m. The city’s new Veterans Committee, led by Chad Carroll, is organizing the ceremony.
Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said the city is preparing to provide security for the event, through the Trussville Police Department.
“We’re going to have security provided by the Trussville Police Department,” Choat said. “We’ve got K-9’s available for any type of sniffing or whatever they want to do but Chief [Eric] Rush and those guys have a plan to be here. We have lights, we have cameras, we have police…”
Choat said a lot of downtown work will be finished by Saturday, in order to allow for a better flow of foot traffic.
The day will continue with an expanded Bryant Bank Kids’ Area, the America’s First Federal Credit Union Marketplace with a variety of business booths and vendors and a lineup of some of the most popular food trucks around. Entertainment will take place at the festival site and the Trussville Entertainment District, while members of the Trussville Downtown Merchants Association will offer deals, discounts, and other shoppers’ delights in and around the Main Street business district. A fine arts show is also planned.
Headlining a two-night musical jam will be Party of the Year, the all-hits party band from the producers of the Black Jacket Symphony. Comprised of musicians from the Black Jacket Symphony, this incredible performance features Top 40 hits from the 60s through today, along with the same great production that fans of the Black Jacket Symphony have come to expect.
“Party of the Year will serve as the Saturday evening grand finale for the festival and will no doubt have everybody singing and dancing all night long,” said June Mathews, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We can’t wait!”
The lineup immediately preceding Party of the Year includes Trussville singer/songwriter Alli Leighann, Brad Ryan & Man’s Best Friend, the winner of Trussville Civic Center’s August 28 Battle of the Bands, and more.
Harking back to a time when City Fest (formerly, Dog Daze) began with a band and street dance the night before the festival, this year’s event will kick off with Tune-Up for City Fest, presented by Brown Automotive, on Friday, September 10.
The featured act that evening, Artie Dean Harris & Bourbontown, was voted Kentucky’s #1 Country Rock Party Band and has shared the stage with the likes of Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, and more.
All musical performances will take place on the Trussville Entertainment District stage. Admission is free.
Members of the 2021 Trussville City Fest Committee are Mayor Buddy Choat, Stacy Frazier, Chuck Bradford, Drew Peterson, Makeda Smith, Josh Taylor, Leslie Armstrong, Wesley Gooch, David Moore, Katie Cox, Greg Carroll, Debi McCarley, Scott Stearns, Ian Maddox, and Jamie Townes.
The Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce, led by Executive Director June Mathews and Event Manager Melissa Walker, is coordinating the event.
For more information about Trussville City Fest 2021: Better Together, visit www.trussvillechamber.com/events/ or call the chamber office at (205) 655-7535.