ARLEY, Ala. – The Town of Arley’s 49th Annual Arley Day community festival will be Saturday, May 21. The all-day event will last from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Hamner Park kicking off with a parade line up in the Dollar General parking lot at 7:30 a.m. The Meek Band of Champions, who usually leads the parade, will be joined by the Addison Marching Band this year with a host of emergency service vehicles and classic cars. The parade will end at the park where there will be approximately 100 food, craft and community service vendors. The classic car show, which featured about 80 cars last year, and there is expected to be 100 this year.
Admission to the event and all activities are free. There will be carnival rides, horse and pony rides, a mechanical bull, a water slide and more.
Since the usual parking at Hamner Park will be taken up by the car show, parking will be located at Meek Baptist Church and at Meek High School and Elementary. An air-conditioned shuttle will be available to travel between the park and the parking areas.
For anyone looking to get the day started early, the 5K Fun Run to benefit the Meek Band of Champions will begin at 5:30 a.m. starting line will be behind the Freedom Worship Center located at 6901 County Road 41. Participants can sign up at Arley Day 5K (https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Arley/ArleyDay5K) for a $15 registration fee.
A pancake breakfast will be held at the Arley Fire Station starting at 7:00 a.m. hosted by Arley First Baptist Church with donations being accepted to benefit the fire department. Another Community Breakfast will be held at the nearby Meek Baptist Church serving various breakfast foods.
The festival is organized by the Arley Women’s Club who is celebrating their 50th anniversary. On their website, the club provides the statement, “The Arley Day Festival began over 40 years ago because a small group of women wanted the town to celebrate with a fun day of games and musical entertainment. Since then, over 100 members strong, the AWC partners with the Arley Town Council, and continues its efforts to make our community the best it can be.”
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