WEEKEND TICKET: Grist Trade Day, Crawfish Festival highlight weekend

Published 5:18 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It’s going to be a busy weekend with multiple events planned for Saturday, May 6.

Starting the day off is Old Cahawba Archaeological Park with its bird walk from 8-10 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of bird identification from an experienced birder on an easy two-hour walk through of historic Old Cahawba.

The first 10 participants will also receive a free bird nest box kit. Everyone will meet at the visitor’s center, rain or shine. The activity fee is $8 per person. For more information, contact Linda Derry at cahawba@bellsouth.net or call the park at (334) 872-8058.

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Starting at 9 a.m. is Trade Day at Paul M. Grist State Park. The Friends of Paul M. Grist State Park along with the management of Paul M. Grist State Park will be putting on the event to help raise money for the upkeep of the park, as well as get people out to enjoy everything the park has to offer.

“We almost lost the park a year and a half ago, and one of the missions of the Friends of Paul M. Grist State Park is to get the word out about the park so the public will know that it’s out there and they can come and enjoy it,” said Friends volunteer Anita Ellison. “I’m just in awe of how supportive the public is of this event. We are getting very excited.”

Ellison said they have 76 vendors signed up, including food vendors, vinyl monograms, furniture, clothing, quilts, painted saw blades, jewelry and a lot more.

“We have events like this so people can come out and enjoy it, not just on a day to day basis but see what all the potentials are out there,” Ellison said.

There will be various vendors and activities for children.

Ellison said they will also be giving out door prizes for those that stop by the Friends booth.

Entry is $5 per person and kids 5 and under are free. Anyone interested in participating as a vendor should contact Anita Ellison by Facebook messenger or by calling (334) 419-3271.

The Alabama Master Gardeners will be set up at Trade Day for the organization’s annual plant sale.

Also starting at 9 a.m. is the 10th annual Mayfest Antique Car, Truck, Tractor and Bike Show at Old Jaycees Ballfield on Highway 14 across from Hugh’s Used Cars in Marion.

Mayfest was organized in 2008 by the Helping-Hands nonprofit organization to bring the community together.

There will be local entertainment, concession stands and many vendors selling a varity of items. This year’s event will be hosted by comedian Clint “Lazyboy” Catlin.

The muscle and classic car show will begin at 9 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. Door prizes and t-shirts will be awarded to participants and there is no entry fee.

There will also be a special memorial ceremony at noon in memory of Tom Green for his support and participation to the Mayfest every year.

Local Dj’s will also be there and at 5 p.m. there will be a live performance by AeoTrey.

The hip-hop car show will begin at 4 p.m. There will be activities for children like face painting, train rides and more. For more information, call (334) 430-3359 and (334) 507-1155.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Selma High School is holding a sidewalk sale fundraiser. For more information, call (334) 874-1680.

The Central Alabama Crawfish Festival will start at noon and run through 8 p.m. at Lion’s Fair Park. General admission is $5 and plates are $10. Children 5 years old and under are free. The proceeds of the family friendly event will continue to help the Lion’s Club provide eye care and glasses for those in need in the community.

In addition to the food, there will be live music including Jukin’ 101, Justin Turberville and Alabama Avenue.