2010 OppFest plans in works

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 15, 2010

Plans are in the works for the 12th annual OppFest celebration held in downtown Opp, organizer Bart Boothe said Wednesday.

“This is going to be our Small Towns and Down-towns event,” he said. “We will have an unveiling of a historical marker sometime that day at the Depot.”

Statewide more than 200 Alabama towns are participating in the Great Alabama Homecoming, which serves as a way for friends, family and the state to reconnect. In conjunction with the event, a Small Towns and Downtowns historical marker will be unveiled at each site.

Opp Fest will include arts and crafts, food and live entertainment.

Boothe said there will be a street festival, like last year, if the Main Street portion of the downtown revitalization project is completed by the Oct. 30 event.

“It all depends on the Main Street project,” he said. “If not we’ll have it in the city parking lot behind Wachovia.”

Entertainment organizer Charles Willis has been busy nailing down this year’s entertainment.

Willis said the Silver Wings military band from Ft. Rucker and “A Blast from the Past” from Birmingham will be the entertainment’s major attractions.

“We will also have a Barney Fife imitator, a steel guitar group, and a couple of local keyboard players. One of them is Kay Brannon and the other is Tyler Spann,” he said.

“We also have a group that play old country, and we’ll have some more.”

In addition, the Opp Cultural Arts Council will hold a juried children’s and adult art show in conjunction with the OppFest event.

Boothe said the Downtown Revitalization Authority, which is the group that heads up the event, will work to nail down all the details of the event after the week’s barbecue cookoff, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Opp.