EVA, Ala. – The community of Eva was brought to a standstill Saturday with the 30th Anniversary Eva Frontier Days festival. Traders, food vendors, car and tractor enthusiasts alike gathered in Alabama’s “Little Town with a Big Heart” to enjoy the final day of the week-long festivities.
Eva Art Guild Secretary Barbara Frost has attended all 30 festivals.
“It’s drawn us closer together because you see friends you haven’t seen in years and it keeps getting bigger,” said Frost. “We just work toward each year to make it bigger and better for the community.”
Frost shared what made this year’s festival different than previous year’s.
“I think it’s been better, the weather has really been good, except it’s hot, but it’s better than rain! I think it’s been better as far as the crowd, it’s like we’re spread out more than we used to be so it’s kind of hard to tell if we have a bigger crowd, because most of mine, I’m up this way, and I know the tractor show and car show, they increased and have had bigger crowds.”
The days saw an arts and crafts show, car show and antique tractor show, a baking contest, the annual Eva Frontier Days Parade, food vendors and games, live entertainment from Jeff Whitlow and the Ole Barn Band, a pig calling contest, a frog jumping contest and the popular greased pig chase.
To commemorate the festival’s 30th anniversary, the Eva Art Guild made a T-shirt quilt using a shirt from each year’s festival.
“It’s the front of every T-shirt we had for the 30 years, since it’s the 30th Frontier Days we decided to do that to be commemorative,” said Frost. “The Art Guild does a quilt every year and we’ll change it some, but this one is unique, very unique. Everybody that’s from around here wants it.”
The quilt was raffled off during the festival.
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