Many years ago, the legendary country music group Alabama began putting on an event in Fort Payne called June Jam. They would bring in the top names in country music for a full day of fun and great entertainment. After about 15-16 years they decided to discontinue the June Jam. A few years later, we as a city decided we needed to put on some sort of event to take the place of June Jam that would draw folks to Fort Payne as a tourist event. We came up with the idea of the Boom Days Heritage Celebration and the journey began.
In 2015 Fort Payne put on the 10th annual festival and it was named the event of the year for the State of Alabama by the state tourism department. We close down the streets of downtown Fort Payne for a full day and put on our festival. We line the streets and our downtown parks with various art vendors from around the Southeast, set up stages in various parts of town for music acts to perform, we have a wide variety of food vendors, and also a few other types of different entertainment as well as antique cars for folks to enjoy.
In the past we have also had a Friday night concert of some type that kicks the celebration off. The day starts off with the art and kid friendly entertainment as the main focus and then around 10-11 AM the music begins, normally with local artists performing in the downtown area. Early afternoon we crank up a stage in our main City Park with some different styles of “out-of-town” music as well as some more prominent names on our Rotary Pavilion stage. Everything builds up to the last couple of acts on the main stage. In 2015 we featured Grammy winner Delbert McClinton as our headline act. This is not a local festival. It is a regional festival with people travelling in from around the Southeast to attend.