Check Out Shelby Festival Slated for Oct. 1 – Shelby County Reporter
Check out the Shelby Festival scheduled for October 1
Posted 3:37 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2022
By SASHA JOHNS | Special for the journalist
COLOMBIAN – Discover Shelby Fest is a music and wine festival taking place at the Shelby County Arts Council on Saturday, October 1 at Old Mill Square in Columbiana from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Festival attendees can expect to hear four regional musical numbers and will have the opportunity to taste wines from local wine producers in the region.
Admission to the event will be free for all, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, but no coolers. Food trucks will be available and wine tasting armbands can be purchased for $15, and the price will include a commemorative cup to be used for wine sampling from local vineyards and wineries. Lewis Lakes, Corbin Farms, Hidden Meadows and Morgan Creek will all be represented at the festival.
With help from the city, organizers were able to acquire a special one-day liquor license that only allows vineyards and wineries to taste and sell their wares at such an event.
“We know that October is full of events vying for the attention of our people, especially when it comes to football and arts events,” said the executive director of the Shelby County Arts Council. , Bruce Andrews. “We wanted to bring something that would complement these events more than compete with them, and wine and music was a great opportunity. We’re starting with four local winemakers, and hopefully we’ll have more next year.
Andrews said he hopes to make the festival an evolving event, possibly spanning two days.
“We hope people will come to Columbiana and enjoy the day in our beautiful city,” Mayor David Mitchell said, after explaining the rarity of the opportunity to host such an event.
Andrews said whether locals are interested in wine or not, he hopes they will manage to listen to the free music.
“We have great headliners, and it’s a beautiful venue,” Andrews said. “There will be food trucks and the gallery will be open so people can come in and experience the Sound and Color exhibit in the EBSCO Fine Art Gallery.”
Four bands are scheduled to play at the festival. The Wildflowers are a Tom Petty cover band that has gained popularity in the Southeast. Rolling in the Hay are an alternative bluegrass band from Birmingham, best known for the “Pickin’ On” series where the band take popular music and produce bluegrass covers of their work.
Early James is the stage name of artist Frederick James Mullis Jr., who is an Alabama-based singer-songwriter whose music is a mix of blues, country, folk, and jazz. Finally, Liz and the Grand Tour is a band that covers the iconic music of country and western legends like Hank Williams, George Jones, Patsy Cline and many more.
The Discover Shelby Fest is a fundraiser for the Shelby County Arts Council, and this will be its first year. It is sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, Discover Shelby, Sweet Home Alabama Tourism, and the City of Columbiana.
Net proceeds will benefit the Canada Council. To find festival information, visit Shelbycountyartscouncil.com and click on “Happenings.”