Cullman Celebrates Heritage Park’s 20th Anniversary


CULLMAN – There was something for everyone at Heritage Park’s 20th Anniversary celebration last Saturday. The beautiful park was packed with people enjoying the warm weather.



Gates opened at 11 a.m. on this hot Saturday. A craft fair was held in one of the fields at the park. In the same area was a kid’s zone, complete with inflatables. Vendors lined the edges of the field selling everything from fresh squeezed lemonade and shaved ice to jewelry and handmade baskets to delicious desserts and funnel cakes.


“Yappie Hour” in the dog park was held from 2-4 p.m. Tons of dog owners came to take advantage of the free treats and toys and fun in the park. Several dog competitions were held, such as best trick, look alike, as well as a Frisbee contest. Several dogs from the local animal shelter were also on site available for adoption. The dog park is a great addition to Heritage Park. The dogs may have had more fun than their owners last Saturday.


The Senior Spirit Singers, as well as other live music, performed at this celebration. Demonstrations were given in gymnastics, cheerleading, archery, Zumba, disc golf, softball, baseball, golf and much more. There was something for everyone to love at this event.


Mello Yello was one of the vendors providing refreshing and cool beverages free of charge as part of the celebration.


“Mello Yello and Coca Cola Bottling Company United is happy to be part of the Heritage Park 20th anniversary celebration,” said Sean Taylor with Mello Yello.

On a hot day like last Saturday, nothing is better than a tall glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, and that’s exactly what vendor Steve Cooke had at his booth. He and his team gave you an option of delicious lemonade or quenching strawberry lemonade. Though the sun was hot, they managed to keep a positive attitude.


“Everybody that’s been here has had a good time,” he stated. “The kids seem to be having a lot of fun.


This dedicated group of lemonade makers supports the Peru mission work with Crosshaven Church in Cullman.


“We try to help pay the missionary’s way for these mission trips,” said Cooke. “We also help some local families struggling with special needs kids.”


Director of Marketing Waid Harbison was pleased with this celebration of one of Cullman’s biggest parks.


“We’re just trying to celebrate everything Heritage Park has done throughout the years,” stated Harbison. “So we have a disc golf demonstration, “yappie hour” in the dog park was from 2-4 p.m., we’ve got some softball games going and, of course, we have a day in the park style celebration in the soccer fields with some music and games.”


Harbison was pleased with the success of the event.


“It’s went really well today,” he stated. “We had a great turn out this morning for our opening ceremony where Mayor Townson came to speak.”


Later in the evening, fireworks lit up the sky as the final celebration of Heritage Park’s 20th Anniversary. This park has been a wonderful part of our community for years. It has provided Cullman with entertainment, athletic opportunities, social interactions and, quite simply, a whole lot of fun. This park is a staple in our community, which we should approach with respect, appreciation and celebration.