Saturday, September 20, 2014

Community Fair Arab Alabama

I know what you might be thinking. Why is there a town in Alabama called Arab? There are two stories about how Arab got it's name, both of them involve a misspelling.

Story #1 and the one that is on Arab City wiki is that a postal worker misspelled the name while filing a request to have a post office. The error was not found until after approval was given, so the name had to stay. The town was supposed to be named Arad.

Story #2 is the one I heard my whole life growing up. The name of the gown was supposed to be Ahab. Some painters were hired to paint a water tower. They painted what they read on the order or should I say what they tried to read. They painted Arab. They refused to repaint because that is the way it appeared on the order. Both are cool stories.

Why I Love Small Town Festivals

I have been to festivals in both large and small towns. I will be the first to admit that many times a larger town will have more to look at and in some cases learn, but you cannot beat the atmosphere of a small town festival.

You can talk to almost everyone at a small town festival. Especially the ones who are manning the displays. Each one has their own story.

At the Arab Alabama City Park they basically have a historic mini town inside the park complete with house, general store, smoke house, blacksmith shop and more. Each building has it's own story and if you are lucky enough you will find someone to tell you it's story.

I was lucky to run into a man that was willing to tell us the story of his grandfather's well and smoke house. He even let me video his story. I have included a video of some of the sights and sounds of the Arab Community Fair. I hope you enjoy.

There was a soap making demonstration, potato candy, cooking over a fire, homemade apples sauce, and of course like 3 acres of arts and crafts. It was a great time and I plan on going back.

Find a small town festival close to you and remember when everyone had
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