Fort Payne celebrates ‘Boom Days’ this weekend

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fort Payne is celebrating heritage, music and 125 years of being a city.

Fort Payne is steeped in history. The city has been hosting a festival to commemorate that heritage for nearly 10 years, called Boom Days.

“We’re celebrating Fort Payne’s 125th anniversary of incorporation, so that’s part of the celebration this year,” said Boom Days Communications Director Daron Harris. “This is the ninth year of Boom Days, and we have over 35 musical acts coming to five outdoor stages.”

Other entertainments include artists, vendors and of course, a lot of food. It will be set up in Fort Payne’s historic downtown.

Harris says last year the event garnered multiple awards.

“It was ranked the North Alabama Event of the Year, and also a top 20 event by the Southeastern Tourism Society so we’re hoping to get some more awards this year, because we’re hoping it will be bigger and better than ever,” Harris says.

The event will be held Saturday, September 20 starting at 10 a.m.  It’s free for the public, and is situated downtown. The event will also boast multiple televisions, so visitors can keep up with Saturday’s football games as they enjoy the festival.