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Fyffe UFO Days

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     Fyffe UFO Days, blast for entire family with free admission and free parking

Fyffe Unforgettable Family Outing Like Fine Lemonade

More than a dozen lighter-than-aircraft are expected to descend on Fyffe, Alabama, August 25 and 26 according to Mayor Larry Lingerfelt. "As everyone knows, we are the UFO capital of Alabama. We have come to realize that our somewhat different reputation and worldwide fame of having alleged UFO sightings should be fostered and cherished. Besides it is an out-of-this-world experience to hear all the UFO stories of our past!"

"Last year we decided to embrace our unique legacy and have a celebration for the entire family. Thus, Fyffe UFO Days was born. One area newspaper reported via an editorial that we indeed should be commended because the Town of Fyffe had taken a lemon and made lemonade. Our people are proud of that." Mayor Lingerfelt explained while holding back a big grin. "In fact, we are thinking about having a 'Fyffe Fine Lemonade' contest from among our citizens and area connoisseurs."

"This year we are even more excited about the events planned for the Fyffe UFO Days, and we invite everyone to come out and watch as we fill the skies with beauty and fill the days with an Unforgettable Family Outing. Our UFO Days Committee has done another great job to make this year's UFO Days event bigger and better than the last," he said.

"Our objective is to enhance the sense of Community found in Fyffe and on Sand Mountain. Local churches, community groups, merchants, and craft vendors are planning to contribute to the success of the event by selling food, drink, and crafts, and by providing games and entertainment. And the great thing for everyone is there is no admission or parking charge for the two-day event!" Mayor Lingerfelt explained.

The UFO festivities will begin on Friday morning as hot air balloons lift off. Balloonists from all over the southeast will provide hour-long rides across the Sand Mountain area. To make reservations for the once-in-a-life-time rides that cost $175 each, contact Angela Carroll at the Fyffe Town Hall at (256) 623-2222 ext. 3.

Friday is devoted to providing old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Local talent will perform. There will be great food, craft vendors, various competitions, sidewalk chalk drawing, inflatables, and rock climbing. The evening will end with Karaoke by Brian Anderson Disc Jockey Entertainment.

Saturday in the park will offer a fun-filled array of activities for the entire family - from great food to craft vendors and games for the children. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Live music will also be performed, emceed by C. J. Jolley of WQSB, 105.1 on your dial.

"We will have the best local entertainers in the area playing and singing for hometown friends and family for most of the day on Saturday. A great line-up of local acts, performing several different genres of music, coupled with efforts to attain a great surprise entertainer, will absolutely make this UFO Days an unforgettable event for everyone. We are trying our best to get Elvis to show up," Fyffe’s mayor stated.

As the sun sets, the spectacular glow for the cooling hot air balloons will be a terrific backdrop for the Antique Tractor Show and Civil War Re-Enactors that will begin earlier in the evening on the adjacent ball field located in the Fyffe Town Park.

Music will also fill the night air as a portion of the town's street will be closed to traffic and opened as a dance floor. Come out and dance the night away to the sounds of one of the most favorite bands in northeast Alabama - Southern Flite!

UFO Committee members are working to solicit food and craft vendors for the event, selling advertising banners for display on the hot air balloons, fences, and stage, advertisements for the Festival Program, as well as soliciting donations for the Door Prizes. Anyone interested in being a part of the festival should contact Angela Carroll at Fyffe Town Hall at (256) 623-2222 ext. 3.

"The idea of the Fyffe UFO Days has created a lot of excitement around Dekalb County and the entire area," Mayor Lingerfelt said. "There is an on-going effort to develop this festival, and we will be working continuously in the weeks to come to make it one of the best in the state. We want to make this truly an Unforgettable Family Outing for everyone."

Lodging information can be obtained from the DeKalb County Tourist Association at 888-805-4740 and http://www.tourdekalb.com

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See Also: Fyffe Cashing in on UFO Events of 16 Years Ago

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