Fifty-one years ago, the first 911 emergency call was made in the United States and the call was placed from the North Alabama town of Haleyville.
Each year, the Haleyville Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Haleyville host a festival to celebrate its heritage and to honor law enforcement and emergency personnel. Set for May 31-June 1, the 9-1-1 Festival celebrates the town’s role in making the first 911 call with two days of live music, activities for kids, street vendors, a classic car show and more.
The downtown activities begin Friday, May 31st and continue on Saturday, June 1st.
Arts and crafts, merchandise and food vendors will fill the downtown area and there will be a free kids zone for little ones 12 years old and younger. A cornhole tournament with a $1000 first place prize will be held both days.
Music gets underway Friday at 5:30 p.m. with Fly By Radio, 3 Wheel Drive and William Michael Morgan. The headliner is two-time Entertainer of the Year Neal McCoy, who takes the stage at 10 p.m.
On Saturday, the annual 5K Extreme Challenge Color Fun Run begins at 7 a.m. Other activities include a parade at 10:00 a.m., a classic car show benefitting the Haleyville Center of Technology Automotive Department, an antique tractor show, arts and crafts, food vendors and a kids’ zone. Additional entertainment will come from aspiring artists and groups showcasing their talents during open mic.
Fifty-one years ago in 1968, Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite placed the first 911 emergency call from City Hall to U.S. Representative Tom Bevill at the city’s police station.
Admission is free. More information is available here.
Source: North Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association