Depot Days is an annual event that takes place every Third Saturday in September in downtown Hartselle. | Amanda Gordon

37th Depot Days

Hartselle Depot Days continues to grow

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

With festivities for the week leading up to Depot Days to help kick off the event, many festival visitors enjoyed all aspects of the celebration, even days before the actual festival, in its 37th year.

Although inclement weather took a toll on some of the early outdoor festivities, festival-goers made up for lower attendance earlier in the week with enthusiastic support of events nearer the weekend, including “Down Memory Lane,”

event planner and chamber director Danielle Gibson said.

“This was one of the largest festivals we ever had,” Gibson said. “We were really happy with the turnout and effort made by so many people to make it a success.”

Gibson said there were more than 180 cars at the car show, 70 tractors in the Antique Tractor Show and more than 150 vendors present for the festival.

Beth Creel was one attendee, who came to Depot Days to watch her Uncle Bruce participate in the music portion of the festival.

“I didn’t get to see all the vendors that were present; I spent most of my time listening to the bands, particularly the Mighty Electric St. Jude Band,” Creel said. “I really enjoyed listening to my uncle sing. All donations in relation to the band go to helping children at St. Jude.

“I thought all in all, the festival was really good.”

Avid runner Kelly Lambert participated in the half marathon that took place Saturday morning. She was involved with the Ainsley’s Angels group, which pushes participants in wheelchairs through to the race to the finish line.

“Running a race and then pushing in a race for Ainsley’s Angels is completely different. Being able to push for such a great group and cause is so rewarding,” Lambert said. “I’m just thankful I’m able to do it and be a part of something greater than just me running. The race was great!”

Hartselle Police Chief Ron Puckett said Depot Days was extremely successful from the law enforcement side.

“The weather was awesome, and as far as from the police side, we didn’t have any issues,” Puckett said. “We did have a driver of a truck get stuck on the railroad tracks, but once that was handled, everything else was very smooth and without incident.

“We had four officers that were assigned to the festival, and the regular patrol officers working as well. I think it was a great day.”

Gibson said volunteers and workers spent much of the rest of the weekend cleaning up the area and preparing for a new week.

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