Coosa Fest plans taking shape
by Bill Kimber
Feb 05, 2014 | 976 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vendors and volunteers are being sought to round out the lineup for this year’s Coosa Fest, as the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce celebrates 474 years of America’s oldest city.

The event will be presented Saturday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Childersburg, and will include music, food, a pet parade, fireworks and more.

According to the chamber’s website, some members of Hernando DeSoto’s expedition settled among native Americans in the city of Coosa in 1540, predating St. Augustine, Fla., by 25 years and making present-day Childersburg the oldest continually occupied city in the United States.

Planners including Chamber Executive Director Robert “Bubba” Cleckler, former director Pete Storey and Chamber Board Chairman Tammy Freeman met Tuesday to review plans for the event.

Activities will kick off with a 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk at 7:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Childersburg Kiwanis Club, proceeds of the Shamrock Shuffle will benefit upkeep and improvements at Kiwanis Park.

A stage will be set up on 8th Avenue in front of First Baptist Church, and entertainment will include Rock N Joe, featuring Rocky Lucas and Joe Swindall of Sylacauga; Dodson Parkway, featuring David Harris and Tommy Brown of Sylacauga; and Vintage 6, a Childersburg rock band made up of Dan Payant, Richard Rodgers, Timbo Rodgers, Steve Cain, David Maxwell, Paul Millard and Mike McKay playing hits from the 1950s through 70s.

A mechanical bull will be on the premises, and the planners are working to bring midway-style carnival rides for children.

Food vendors will offer a variety of snacks, and merchandise vendors will have everything from arts and crafts to handmade jewelry and gifts.

Vendors of all types are still being sought, and vendors can register online at

Vendor fees are $25 for a booth without electricity and $30 for one with electricity. Fees are waived for chamber members.

“Coosa Fest is a lot of fun,” Freeman said. “People are constantly surprised by how big it is and how fun it is.”

Two local pet groomers – Amy Brown of AB Grooming Service and Annette Owens of Puppy Love Pet Salon – will present the pet parade, which has typically included medals and prizes in categories such as best dressed and pet-owner look-alike.

The finale of the event will be fireworks at 6:30 p.m.

To volunteer or for more information, call Cleckler at 256-378-5482.