Good Morning Fort Payne Alabama from Fort Payne Main Street.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation and thanks for the many volunteers that make Fort Payne Main Street work. We honored all merchants, supporters, and volunteers that have donated their time, money, and talents this year with a VIP reception in their honor at the Coal and Iron Building on Tuesday, January 23. I would love to list every name and business that made this year successful, but it would exceed my 400 word limit. It has been said, “It takes a village” and I believe we do come together for the common good of our community.
I would like to list some of the projects and events your Fort Payne Main Street has been a part of this past year. Since I came on board in May of 2017 we started off with Dining Under the Stars dinner and auction. The dinner featured a delicious meal catered by our FPHS students in the culinary program. We had our annual Moving For Main Street 5K Race and Fun Run, a weekly Farmers Market, and our successful Lunch and Learn monthly series. This year those events will continue. The Farmers Market will move to the Rotary Pavilion beginning in May. Our Lunch and Learn series is now partnered with the Fort Payne Chamber of Commerce and will be entitled Success in 60. It is a 60 minute business educational platform for all types of business and will include food from a local vendor. We have also been a part of many other community events such as, a pet parade, Third Saturday Cruise Ins, Boom Days, and Christmas In The Park.
One of the biggest highlights of the year, during Alabama Band Fan Appreciation Week, we had the honor of presenting the band with the first star on the Fort Payne Walk of Fame. Funds donated from the community made this possible. A few other community funded projects include the Gault Avenue planters with help from the Fort Payne Garden Club and Fort Payne City Maintenance Department, the new speaker system that will provide music daily through the Main Street area, the banners throughout town, and helping to recruit new businesses to come downtown.
This is just the beginning of what Fort Payne Main Street can do with the help of community merchants and volunteers. THANK YOU!