Thursday, October 31, 2013

Canyon Fes set for Saturday by Kayla Worthey

The 5th Annual Canyon Fest Celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, November 2 at Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center on Alabama Highway 35.  This festival was designed to celebrate folk life, arts and nature, and to benefit the children of the community.
It will feature ongoing arts & crafts, demonstrations, art sales, food vendors, storytelling, live animals and children's activities. You can also tour the new exhibits at the Canyon Center.
There will be demonstrations of Native American games and weapons, and tools used by Native Americans. There will also be a lot of games and activities to keep the children busy.
You will enjoy fantastic live musical performances from noon to 4pm at the festival. At 12pm,
Matt Downer, the local fiddler and music historian who revived the Great Southern Old Time Fiddlers Convention can be heard on the front porch of the Canyon Center. At 1pm, local musician, Curtis Strange will perform and at 3pm there will be a special performance by the Army Material Command (AMC) Band at the new Canyon Center Ampitheater.  
The AMC Band, with its eight Music Performance Teams, travels extensively throughout the country and overseas supporting 30 installations, 26 major tenants, seven Army Field Support Brigades, 11 subordinate commands, and four separate reporting activities within the AMC enterprise.  The AMC band has performed in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirites.
There is no fee for Canyon Fest, but donations are welcome. For more information about this festival, call 256-782-5697.