‘Lord, it’s hot out here, but I’m having the time of my life!’

July 2nd Fridays event a success despite heat advisory

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The streets began filling with pedestrians shortly after 2nd Fridays opened at 5 p.m. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The excessive heat advisory did not sway the masses who attended 2nd Fridays this past Friday evening. Despite a heat index of 100 degrees, the crowds were out in force to enjoy the second incarnation of this summertime’s event hosted by the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism. 

The north boundary of the party saw participants in the cruise-in car show, which included many more motorcycles than last month. Branham Tire and Accessories Owner and Cullman City School Board member Chris Branham proudly displayed his classic, perfectly polished MG. 

The Lamont Landers Band took to the stage by Festhalle, belting out its renditions of hits from Bill Withers, OutKast and more. The quartet of musicians provided polished musical entertainment for many who came prepared with their folding lawn chairs. 

“Man, they’re tight and have a lot of soul,” said Edward Skins as he watched with his wife and tapped his feet to the rhythm. “I’m really impressed with these guys. This is the best music we’ve had here.” 

Down First Avenue where food trucks lined the streets, several businesses opted to extend their hours to accommodate the public looking to shop during the event or simply enjoy some cooler temperatures courtesy of air conditioning.  

Young Fisher Lawrence was set up with his lemonade stand, which he has operated for several years now, outside of Ashley’s Mercantile. The charitable boy donates his earnings to Curt’s Closet, benefiting less fortunate children. 

Inflatables and rides were provided in the Kidz Zones which saw throngs of little ones lining up to bounce, hop and run to their hearts’ content. With sweat dripping from their faces the children lined up time and time again for the rides. 

Misty Lynn watched as her two young daughters jumped from one giant inflatable ball to the next on one of the attractions.  

The Cullman native noted, “This is such a neat event for the kids and everybody. I’m so happy we have something like this for the community to come together and enjoy. My kids are having the best time.” 

As Rob and the Redbeards grinded out classic covers by The Grateful Dead and the like on the south end of Friday night’s adventure, others took to the Family Life Center at Sacred Heart Church for bingo and bunco games in hopes of winning cash and prizes.  

Summing up the evening was Brenda Hagood, who exclaimed, “Lord, it’s hot out here, but I’m having the time of my life! I wouldn’t miss it for nothing.” 

The next 2nd Fridays will be held Friday, Aug. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. in Cullman’s Warehouse District. To stay up to date with the last information on 2nd Fridays, visit www.facebook.com/2ndFridaysCullman.  

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