Bobby's Bama: Great Alabama Homecoming Sardis City

By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

SARDIS CITY, AL (WAFF) - The sounds and smell of wet paint going in is obvious as teenagers are doing their part to spiff up their hometown and promote their heritage in Sardis City.

That heritage includes the old J. Ezra Johnson general store and gas station which has been converted into the town's library. Now cactus plants spread their "prickly" arms where the gas pumps used to be.

Mayor Terry Stephens is excited like everyone else about this weekend's activities, and the heritage they can show off.

"We've kept one room of it as close to the original as possible and will have tomorrow San mountain pottery exhibit," said Mayor Terry Stephens. "We'll have a lady here who has written children's books and will be signing those for purchasers."

All this history will be celebrated in a modern manner.

"We've got inflatable toys for the children. We've got live music starting about 10," said Mayor  Stephens "We've got live music, then a night capped off at the end of the entertainment with fireworks."

Also greeting visitors will be the Snowflake nursery's hydrangea plant with sweet smelling flowers as far as the eye can see.

"Cotton Top" Walker and his friends will here for the antique car show. They will be "reving it up" in the competition.

"Oh yea, it's a lot of fun going with your friends and it's mostly fellowship. You know we enjoy our old cars and enjoy tinkering with them, you know," said Walker. "Sort of like a lot of people deer hunt, lot of people fish and we just enjoy our old cars."

This will be the first celebration of it's kind in Sardis City, and people are hoping that there will be many more in the future.

Coming home to Sardis City can be a step back in time from a general store to antique cars. It's also a time to reconnect with family and friends in the Great Alabama Homecoming in Bobby's BAMA.

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