Officials ready for Pell City Homecoming Weekend
by Elsie Hodnett
Jun 04, 2010 | 2120 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities includes annual the Kids’  Catfish Rodeo.
Part of the Homecoming Weekend festivities includes annual the Kids’ Catfish Rodeo.
PELL CITY — Officials are hoping for good weather for the upcoming Pell City Homecoming Weekend.

“The last I heard is there is a 30 percent chance of rain Friday,” said Lynn Batemon, executive director of the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce. “We are hoping that either the rain will miss us, or it will be a light shower that cools down the area.”

Batemon said unless there are severe thunderstorms, the chamber Hometown Block Party goes on.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed and hoping for the best,” she said. “Everything is ready and everything is a go.”

Pell City Civic Center coordinator Nancy Crow said she is hoping for sunny weather Saturday for the annual Kid’s Catfish Rodeo.

“We have 1,500 pounds of catfish in a netted area and unless it storms with lighting, we will fish that day,” she said.

Mayor Bill Hereford said Pell City is one of 215 towns participating in the Great Alabama Homecoming, a part of the Year of Alabama Small Towns & Downtowns. Pell City’s Great Alabama Homecoming weekend is June 4-6.

The three main events include the Tenth Annual Hometown Block Party, the Parks and Recreation Department Kids Catfish Rodeo, and the St. Clair County Home Builders Association 2010 Summer Fest.

He said Pell City received a historical marker in recognition of its participation in the Year of Alabama Small Towns & Downtowns. The unveiling of the historical marker is at the 5:30 p.m. opening ceremony at the Block Party at the stage in front of Rexall Drugs (in downtown Pell City).”

Hereford said the historical marker was presented to the city by the state of Alabama.

Hometown Block Party

Each year, people come from near and far for a great night of music, food, fun, games and friendship at the Block Party.

The Block Party is Friday in downtown Pell City. The event kicks off about 5:30 p.m. and usually lasts until about 11 p.m. The event is free to the public, and is a family event with no alcoholic beverages allowed.

Block Party chairwoman Pam Adamson said this year’s Block Party has a variety of entertainment sure to please.

The Daily Home/St. Clair Times Stage will feature Motown music with Stephanie Pickett and The Style Band.

The St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital Stage will feature country music with The Leverton Brothers Band and Steve Shafer. The Logan Martin Swingers will perform in front of the St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital Stage.

The I-20 Carpet Warehouse & Design Center Stage will feature the TCB Impersonators stage with Kenny Chesney, Elvis, Tom Jones, Conway Twitty, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers and Rascal Flatts.

The Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Stage will feature inspirational music with Joey Kay, Jameson Willis, Mothers to Daughters, and the Harvest Center Praise Team.

The Metro Bank Multi-Performance Area will feature Starrz Performing Arts Centre and the Harvest Center Drama Team.

The CenturyLink Kids Corner will feature a variety of games and activities for children of all ages.

Food choices include fried Oreos, funnel cakes, shaved ice, lemonade, nachos, hamburgers, hot dogs, kabobs, drinks, Polish sausage, barbecue sandwiches, Philly cheese steak, fish and French fries, boiled and roasted peanuts, ice cream, kettle corn, drinks, and more.

Other vendors will offer a variety of information, as well as T-shirts, bags, jewelry, candles, blankets, cosmetics, air brush body art temporary tattoos, paintings, photography, kid’s fishing pond, first-aid kits, books, turtles, frogs, and lizards, pens, pencils, letter openers, and more.

Adamson said Southland Golf Carts will provide shuttles and drivers from multiple designated spots to the Block Party and back. The city’s senior bus will also be used to shuttle block party attendees. Pickups can be made at First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church and BB&T Bank.

Police Chief Greg Turley is in charge of helicopter rides, from about 11 a.m. until dark. The helicopter rides are stationed at the Avondale Mills track area, and are offered for a fee.

Catfish Rodeo

The Parks and Recreation Eighth Annual Kids Catfish Rodeo combines several hundred kids with about 1,500 pounds of catfish in a fun morning event.

The rodeo is 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lakeside Park. The event is for children ages 2-12, and is free to attend.

Crow said the event will feature about 1,500 pounds of catfish in a netted area for the kids to fish in. The children may catch as many catfish as they can, and are allowed to keep up to three of the catfish to take home with them.

She said the Coosa River Crappie Association members volunteer their time and clean and fillet the fish for the kids.

This year’s Kids Catfish Rodeo will also feature a designated area for special needs children. The Pell City Civitan Club will assist in the special needs children area.

Crow said children should bring their own fishing pole, bait, and a stringer or ice chest. A parent or guardian must accompany the children. Parents and guardians are for support only, and are not allowed to help with the actual fishing.

She said after the rodeo, the fish will remain in the netted area for a couple of days. The public is welcome to fish in that area after the event.

For more information, call the Pell City Civic Center at 205-338-9713.

Home Builders Association Summer Fest

The Second Annual St. Clair County Home Builders Association 2010 Summer Fest features a variety of entertainment, food and vendors.

The Summer Fest is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Park.

Joel Day, chamber president and board member of the Home Builders Association, said the event will feature door prize drawings all day, one grand prize drawing, vendors, food, games, kids face painting, balloons, bouncing activities, water activities, cake walks, and more.

The event is free to attend, however, food items and some children’s activities are for a fee. The event is a day of fun for the entire family, with no coolers allowed.

For more information, call 205-473-4339 or e-mail

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