Traditions Rising Headlines the 39th annual Poke Salat Festival
May 20, 2023
Arab’s annual Poke Salat Festival is today (Saturday) The festival is from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Arab and features entertainment, arts crafts, food vendors and of course, poke salat. Granny’s Corner will be serving Poke Salat. “For 39 years, the festival has been blessed by members of this community who have generously donated bags of poke weed leaves harvested from where it’s growing wild in their yards,” said organizer Dawn Sparks.
Entertainment will be provided by: • Brindlee Mountain High School Pep Band; • Members of the Brindlee Mountain High School Choir; • Arab High School Jazz Band. Main stage performances are: • Misti & Louie, 2:30-4 p.m. This duo from the band Mudbone Willie bring a show filled with blues and R&B to the Festival. • Traditions Rising, 4:30-6 p.m. Traditions Rising is a traditional country music band who perform all your favorites. Lead singer and Arab resident Rachel Harris won the 2022 Bama Country Music Vocalist of the year award, and she and the band are both nominated again this year!
Fun Events • Axe Throwing. Try your skills at throwing axes at targets with Axecessive Axecessive Mobile; • Learn line dancing with Jackie Turman; • Visit with First Responders and take selfies with the Marshall County SWAT MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle); • Learn how pottery is made on the potter’s wheel with Wallace Turman; • Free bounce house for the kids and the sidewalk art area gives young artists a chance to show off their art skills; • Face painting. Top Dog Competition • The top 10 dogs from our online contest will move on to the stage portion of the competition. Come and vote for your favorite.
Vendors • Browse Artisan Avenue for handcrafted jewelry, candles, bath products, wind chimes, benches and birdhouses, knives, photography art and much more. • There will be toy and novelty vendors with lots of fun things for the kids. • Visit local church and civic group booths for information and learn about local businesses. • Downtown businesses welcome you to stop by and enjoy refreshments and browse an amazing array of shops and boutiques. Food Court Come hungry because the food court will be offering all your Festival favorites – BBQ, tacos and street corn, Philly cheese steak sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, roasted corn, gourmet cheese cakes and bread pudding, baked goods, lemonade, cotton candy, shaved ice and, of course, the star of the show: poke salat. You’ll find the poke salat, cooked by Granny’s Corner, served in the food court this year, under the big tent. It always goes fast, so come early. For updates, locations and times, check facebook. com/pokesalatfestival or call 256-200-5270 me to add paragraph to your block, write your own text and edit me.