Saturday event guide: May 6


CULLMAN – Friday was wet and blustery, but good weather is on tap for Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, Cullman will enjoy sunny skies with a high of 73. In addition to the full slate of activities going on at the Strawberry Festival downtown, the Cullman County Republicans are hosting a special guest, there's a memorial color run at Wallace State and the Cullman Elks Lodge is hosting a traditional Kentucky Derby party. See below for details.

7 a.m.-10 p.m. Strawberry Festival at the Festhalle and Depot Park

There is no admission fee. The festival is family-friendly, with several kids’ rides and activities and plenty of strawberry-themed treats, desserts and drinks.

  • 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Farmers Market
  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Craft Show
  • 8 a.m.- sunset Kid Zone
  • 3-10 p.m. Car Show

Saturday music lineup

  • 9-9:30 a.m. Cullman High School Choir
  • 10-11 a.m. Julie Ann & Gold Rush
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cullman Community Band
  • 1-2:15 p.m. Shannon McNeal
  • 2:45-4:45 p.m. Dusty from Trick Zipper
  • 5:15-7:15 p.m. Pine Hill Haints
  • 7:45-10 p.m. Max Russell & the Shakedown Kings

7:30 a.m. Cullman County Republican Monthly Meeting with Special Guest Twinkle Cavanaugh at the Cullman Elks Lodge

The Cullman County Republican Party hosts monthly meetings on the first Saturday of each month at the Cullman Elks Lodge.

May's special guest will be Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh.


Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh is called the “Working Commissioner” because she comes to work each day striving to keep Alabama’s utility rates some of the lowest in the nation. She has a three pronged approach to regulating utilities. Twinkle insists on reasonable rates and reliable utilities for consumers, which facilitates recruiting jobs to our Great State.

7:30- Breakfast ($10)

8:00- Meeting begins (free)

8:30-10 a.m. Connor Strickland Memorial Color Run at Wallace State Community College

Registration: $30 fee for the 5K, $20 for the mile or $25 for the green T-shirt alone.

The race will start at 8:30, with registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the Wallace State tennis courts.

Registration can be completed online at Registration can also be completed the morning of the race, but registering by April 24 will guarantee an event T-shirt.

HANCEVILLE – Jill Strickland says her son Connor would find it amusing that a 5K and 1-mile fun run is being held in his memory. Connor loved the outdoors and guns, but running wasn’t one of his passions.

But on May 6, running – or walking for those who aren’t too passionate about that particular form of exercise, either – will hopefully be what a lot people will be doing in Connor’s memory and as a way to fund a scholarship fund established in his name.

Connor passed away on Oct. 9, 2016, just a few days before of his 22nd birthday. He was coming home to Cullman to celebrate his birthday. He was traveling from Huntsville where he was a junior at UAH studying to be a mechanical engineer when he was involved in a wreck on the Tennessee River bridge.

His mother works at Wallace State as a success coach. Before that she was instructor in the college’s Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) program, and still teaches as an adjunct. When news of Connor’s death spread around campus, her students in the PTA program immediately thought about doing something in Connor’s memory.

3 p.m. Cullman Elks Lodge Kentucky Derby Party

Doors open at 3 p.m. Race starts at 5:30 p.m.

We will have mint juleps at the bar and some great Derby food in our dining room.

The Heaton Brothers Band will be performing from 7-11 p.m.

Ladies don't forget your hats for our hat contest, and gentlemen grab your bow ties.

$8 single / $15 couple

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