CULLMAN, Ala. – Friends and families packed nearly a mile stretch of 1st Avenue on Friday night for 2nd Fridays which spanned from Depot Park to several blocks north of Hwy 278.
The event, hosted by The City of Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism, Cullman Downtown Merchants and Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, returned from its winter slumber for its first celebration of 2022.
“It’s so big and there’s so much to do. My kids have been running around having the time of their life. I just saw the mechanical bull. I’m not too sure but I might try it after a little while if I get brave enough. We listened to the band down by the park and they were so good,” shared Alyssa Campbell who came from Morgan County with her family.
Her daughter, 6-year-old Trinity, had her voice heard stating enthusiastically, “Mama! Mama, my best thing was the big slide. It was so much fun. I want to go back!”
In addition to the large inflatable slide, bounce houses and loads of activities were made available for the younger attendees. For adults, live music, fresh produce from local farmers, a cruise-in car show, in memory of Harold Huffstutler and vendors of all nature were available.
Dalton “Doolittle” Chambers came to see the cars. While looking inside an antique Chevy Nova, he remarked, “My granddaddy had one of them. That’s the prettiest car ever made. I wish I had it now.”
Winston Ramble performed on the Shirley Quattlebaum State Farm stage set up by the Festhalle while Doolin Daltons played blocks away up the street on the Eva Bank stage.
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church held Bingo and Bunco games across the street at their Family Life Center and had many prizes up for grabs.
Many of the Warehouse District merchants extended their hours for event participants, showing off their goods and catching up with old friends. Riderz, Cullman’s only skateboard shop, Leldon’s and Karma’s Coffee House all greeted their customers, providing them with a warm welcome. Sips ‘n Strokes of Cullman offered face painting to little ones and little big kids.
“I got a rainbow from the pretty lady,” one tyke said showing off her rosy cheek.
With the weather cooperating and only a drop of two of rain coming down, Friday’s festivities were celebrated by thousands from Cullman and surrounding communities. The City of Cullman’s desire and hard work to provide family fun for all was apparent and successful during the event.
The next 2nd Fridays celebration will be held on July 8 and the following, on August 12.
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