KILLEN, AL (WAFF)- The 14th annual Founders Day celebration in the Lauderdale County town of Killen is this weekend.
Terri Brown is on the Founders Day Committee. He loves the small town life. "Killen is just a really special place to grow up," she said. "I think everybody looks forward to coming back."
Killen was originally called "Masonville". It blossomed around the canal on the Tennessee River. To celebrate the town, a Founder's Day parade will kick off the weekend long celebration.
"We have music in the park until about 10. Tomorrow we have an auction from 9 to 12. And then we have a watermelon seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, horse shoe contest. We have a political forum at 1, fashion show at 3. Music again tomorrow night. Fireworks at 10," said Brown.
She said there is something for the whole family. Brown said every year the event gets better, and with the addition of the town's historic marker and a state wide push for a homecoming, this year is even more special.
Killen is one of many small towns participating in the Great Alabama Homecoming. It's an opportunity to go home and re-connect with your past.