Downtown Hanceville merchants gearing up for block party this Saturday


HANCEVILLE, Ala. – This Saturday, Oct. 24, Hanceville’s downtown merchants are hosting a block party, and everyone is invited. The event, which will start at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., will have kids’ games and activities, live music and goodies. All the shops will be open.

Trinkets and Traditions Owner Valerie Hitt is one of the event’s organizers.

“When we found out they canceled Mud Creek (Arts and Crafts Festival)- that was usually a big day for the downtown merchants- so we decided to get together and try to plan something on our own,” she said. “We are hoping it will be a great turnout.”

There will be a car show from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the grassy area at the corner of Bangor Avenue and Blountsville Street. A few vintage cars and a vintage tractor will also be decorated for photo opportunities.

From noon-2 p.m., there will be a fall egg hunt for the kids at Just Repurposed, as well as games and activities throughout the day including a sidewalk chalk area, face painting and pumpkin painting.

Besides serving coffee and hot chocolate, Arise Coffee Co. will be broadcasting Alabama football for those who are worried about missing the game.

Outside the coffee shop, live bands will perform throughout the day.

10-11 a.m.- Damascus

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.- Josh Wade

1:15-2 p.m.- DEE Washburn & The Hard-Earned Money Band

2:30-5 p.m.- Stone Floor Theory

Each merchant will be serving some fall favorites. Hanceville Drug Company will open later for those wanting ice cream or a cherry ice. Walk in the Dream will be serving chili, Trinkets and Traditions will have lemonade and caramel apples. QDS Boutique will feature a bake sale, and next door at Cafe Tula Taqueria, there will have tamales.

There will be multiple vendors set up as well.

The Mud Creek Marching Festival will be taking place Saturday at Hanceville High School, and the downtown merchants are hoping that many out-of-town guests will visit the block party for some food and fun. To accommodate those attending the marching festival, the downtown merchants will provide transportation from the stadium to downtown, hayride-style.

Said Hitt, “It’s not really too far for people to walk, but we will be happy to transport people back and forth on the trailer. If it’s a nice day, people can walk down, but we hate for them to lose their parking spot.”

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