That’s a reason to celebrate, and there’s more. The celebration has become a “Sylabration” this year, with a charity event one organizer calls “the biggest concert event in the history of Sylacauga.”
The headline performers are Diamond Rio and Otis Day and the Knights. Diamond Rio is a country music group that has put 33 songs on the charts and won multiple awards, including a Grammy. The Otis Day group was created for the movie “Animal House” and took off as a party band in its own right. Local artists including Out of Shame and Amy Holcomb plan to perform, and activities for children will also be available. Performances are scheduled from 4-9 p.m. at Legion Stadium.
Organizers have worked to provide a fun afternoon and evening with a higher purpose in mind.
The event was conceived with the idea of helping provide long-term assistance to families affected by natural disasters, after last years tornadoes killed hundreds and destroyed homes and business across the state. Plans call for proceeds to support long-term recovery at local, state and international levels.
Tickets are on sale, more sponsors are welcome, and tax-deductible donations can be made at www.sylabration.com or by contacting the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement.
It takes real commitment to put together such an event, and that’s one of the thing that makes Sylacauga worthy of the “Best Communities” award — the people of the community pull together to make things better.