Bethel Baptist Church and School
Boxwood Roofing and Restoration
Direct Auto Insurance
Guitars and More, LLC
Trucker’s Warehouse, Inc.
Nov. 3 – Chamber 101
Nov. 10 – Non-Profit Cohort Meeting
Nov. 17 – B.O.S.S. Breakfast
Nov. 30 – Lunch & Learn
Dec. 8 – City Appreciation
41st Depot Days draws thousands
Photos by Daniel Brackin/SlapBrack Art, Freedom Light Productions Photography and SkyDown Aerial Services LLC
Thousands crowded the streets of historic downtown Hartselle Sept. 17 for Hartselle’s 41st Depot Days Festival, presented by Decatur Morgan Hospital – Hartselle Medical Mall. The day featured more than two-hundred vendors, including seventeen food vendors, nearly fifty antique tractors participating in the Antique Tractor Show and nearly two-hundred cars participating in the Car Show.
Entertainment for this year’s Depot Days Festival included acts on two separate stages. The main stage, located beside Hartselle’s historic depot, featured a ribbon cutting ceremony to start the day, with colors presented by the Hartselle High School Civil Air Patrol, the National Anthem sung by Hartselle High School Junior Katee Anna Aker and a patriotic song performed by duo Cam & Luke. City Councilwoman Virginia Alexander gave a welcome on behalf of the City of Hartselle, and Decatur Morgan Hospital President Kelli Powers welcomed attendees and invited children and parents to a Teddy Bear Clinic at the Depot Gazebo, which featured “teddy bear check-ups” given by Dr. Grace Cain Williams of Decatur Morgan Pediatrics. Missy Evans, Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, thanked the many Depot Days sponsors and committee members.
Performers on the main stage throughout the day were bluegrass trio Alan Sibley & the Magnolia Ramblers, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s cover band The Ray Sparks Band, and pop/rock band Brick Avenue. The children’s area stage featured a story time given by the William Bradford Huie Library of Hartselle, performances by students at Kim’s Star Twirlers and College Street Players, and a 60-minute Zany Balloon Show from Bobby the Balloon Guy. GoFarUSA Park provided a petting zoo and pony rides at E.A.R.T.H. Park.
Other festival attractions included a Beer Garden at the Farmers Market, sponsored by Inline Lighting and Electric, an Art Show at the depot, sponsored by Behind the Canvas, Reeves Farm Market, and MarMac Real Estate – Cindy Shaneyfelt, and community member-painted mural at RAW Images studio.
The Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank the more than eighty volunteers who helped make Depot Days possible, including the following Depot Days Committee members:
Hanna Denton and Jaime Hatcher (Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce), Co-Directors
Melanie Calvert (Hartselle High School) and Rachel Howard (RAW Images), Art Show
Tammy Lott (Redstone Federal Credit Union), Depot Days Bank
Phillip Stringer, Steve McKee and Andrew Story (Storey Automotive), Car Show
Jessie Alford (West Hartselle Baptist Church), Children’s Area
Jeff Johnson, Curtis Self (City of Hartselle)
Chief Daryl Fox (Hartselle Fire Department)
Chief Justin Barley, Lt. Linda Fox, Lt. Patrick Griffith (Hartselle Police Department)
Nancy Busby Solberg (209 Railroad Street SW Yard Sale), Hospitality
Geoff Halbrooks (Peck Funeral Home), Tractor Show
Page Holified and Chrystalynn Beard, Volunteer Coordination