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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) --  An event in Fort Payne is garnering some statewide attention, and this year it's celebrating a milestone.

"Boom Days Heritage Celebration of Fort Payne is a celebration commemorating basically 126 - 127 years of Fort Payne since it was 'boomed' by New Englanders back in the middle 1880s, early 1890s," DeKalb Tourism President & CEO John Dersham says, "Where people came here on the railroad mostly, to get here from New England areas to build an industry, and back then they called that 'booming' a town, and Fort Payne was one of the few towns in Alabama that ever happened to."

For the last ten years, Fort Payne has celebrated that with Boom Days. The event is free, set in historic downtown, full of local and nationally recognized artists and musicians including the Muscle Shoals Swampers and Delbert McClinton.

"The real top-secret here is that we want to let everyone know, all of those shows are for free. So fun for the whole family," event coordinator Daron Harris says.

This year the event is recognized on a state level. "We just won the state award, the state tourism award, for event of the year." Dersham says.

The event will be held on September 19th, and it will be free.

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