Harvest Festival draws crowd to downtown Moulton

Classic cars and motorcycles were on display at the Harvest Festival on Saturday. Loretta Gillespie / Special to The Advertiser

The Lawrence County History and Preservation Society’s Second Annual Harvest Festival drew several to the Moulton square despite the heat and competition with Alabama football on Saturday.

 LCHPS President Ann Britnell said new events for the festival like a pie-eating contest, a hay maze, and a classic car show helped boost attendance to this year’s event, especially during the morning hours.

“I would say from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. it was really busy,” said Britnell. “We had, I think, 62 cars show up, which was good for the first car show we’ve had.”

Britnell said vendor participation in this year’s event doubled from the society’s first festival last year. She said additional events and showcase items made this year’s event even more special, such as the miniature town replica of Old Moulton, contributed by fellow LCHPS member Joyce Cole.

To raise awareness for LCHPS’ goal in preserving and protecting Lawrence County’s historic and forgotten landmarks, Britnell also provided the society’s Bicentennial exhibit informational board for onlookers at this year’s festival.

“I had another board member that focused on the Joe Wheeler Recreational Area, telling all about that,” said Britnell. Though as of Tuesday, the society was still counting proceeds from the event, the organization plans to use funds to help refurbish the Joe Wheeler Crossing Recreational Area, also known as Lock A.

Last year, the first LCHPS Harvest Festival grossed about $3,200 for the group and their efforts.

“We’ve been awarded a TVA Volunteers Adopt-a-Spot,” Britnell added. “We’re going to have several work days—we’ll have our first one in November after it frosts and the snakes and ticks aren’t so bad. So, we’ll start working out there, just trying to get that area cleaned up.”

The Lawrence County History and Preservation Society was formed in January of 2018. The non-profit organization plans to hold the Harvest Festival, their primary fundraiser, annually on the last Saturday each September.

For more information about the society, email lchps18@gmail.com, or call the Lawrence County Archives at 256-974-1757.

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