Tribune Exclusive: Stella Parton to appear at 2019 Cullman Farm-City Banquet

She’s not just Dolly’s sister: singer/storyteller Stella Parton started her own recording label, has performed in Broadway shows and has been on the country music charts 28 times. (Photo courtesy Stella Parton/Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Farm-City Committee has announced that country singer, storyteller and motivational speaker Stella Parton will perform at this year’s Farm-City Banquet at the Cullman Civic Center Thursday, Nov. 21. The Sevierville, Tennessee native, younger sister of Dolly Parton, has a fame all her own as a country singer with 22 albums and 28 charted hit songs. She has appeared in multiple Broadway touring shows, as well as television shows and movies, and runs a consulting firm coaching actors in hair, makeup, wardrobe and stage performance techniques.

Offstage and out of the studio, Parton is an advocate for victims of domestic violence and has been a national spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Christian Appalachian Project, a faith-based ministry to the southern and southwest Appalachian region.

According to Farm-City Committee spokesperson Tonja Grace, Parton will be “performing music and telling stories of how she grew up in the mountains and as the daughter of a farmer.”

What is Farm-City? 

Grace told The Tribune, “This is a question we get often. The Farm-City Committee is a group of dedicated individuals whose primary goal is to have a diverse committee that represents both farm and city, male and female, and from all geographic areas of the county. The main goal is to deepen the understanding of the relationship between rural farmers and urban workers. Many activities are involved and getting to volunteer and share those memories with your friends and children, well, it’s an honor.  

“One of the most popular events for Farm-City is the banquet, always held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. This banquet is the last event for Farm-City Week and has always been filled with good times and fellowship within the community. Each year we have enjoyed some great entertainment from some amazing people, and this year’s theme for Farm-City is ‘Keep Alabama Growing.’

“We are honored to have Stella and looking forward to her entertaining us this year.”

This year’s Farm-City Banquet will be held at the Cullman Civic Center, among the last scheduled events before the transfer of ownership of the civic center takes place. The Cullman County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen’s Association will be cooking the steaks, and Top of the Town will provide the rest of the meal. Tickets go on sale the first week in October, with locations to be announced that week as well. Tickets will be $20 each, and will include a meal, drink and dessert. 

Look for more on Farm-City Week in coming editions of The Tribune leading up to the Farm-City Banquet, including a feature interview with Stella Parton.

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Cullman Farm City Committee: Seated (left to right) are Luanne Reid, Pat Floyd, Bonnie Baty, Paul Pinyan, Doris Patterson; standing (left to right) are Wendy Tysinger, Tonja Grace, Lisa Lake, Rhonda Lawler, Melanie Byrd, Lynda Hankey, Fred Hankey, Lesia Van Gundy and Cherrie Haney. (Photo courtesy of Luanne Reid)

W.C. Mann