Come celebrate Sunshine Saturday
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA — This Saturday will mark the 37th consecutive Sunshine Saturday in Talladega, with all proceeds going to benefit the ARC of North Talladega County.

ARC Director Brenda Burt said, “Thirty-seve years is a really long time to have a fundraiser go on with this kind of community support. And it seems to increase every year.”

According to Burt, this year’s sponsors include Coosa Valley Electrical Cooperative, First National Bank, Miller’s Barbecue, Citizens Baptist Medical Center, Custom Pizza, Alfa Health (a new sponsor this year), Alabama Power, Ace Home Center, Stampede Steak House, Therapy South, Regions Bank, Baptist Health Center, Jacks and Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.

This year’s entertainment lineup begins at 9:50 a.m. in Veterans Park, with a flag ceremony conducted by Boy Scout Troop 130. Ronald McDonald will appear at 10 a.m.

At 10:30, vocalist Donna Haynes will perform, followed by comedy from Sue Waites and music by B.J. Storey at 11 a.m. The first prize drawing will be at 11:30, followed by magician Edd Spencer at 11:45 and the banjo and mandolin performance from Jeb and Hank Fannin at 12:15 p.m. Milo Payne and the Crimson Ground Band will follow at 12:45 p.m.

The next round of prizes will be drawn at 1:15, followed by Indie pop artist Jon Andrew Castleberry at 1:35 p.m. and vocalist Shaley Davis at 2:05 p.m.

Vocalist Dusty Cooper is on at 2:35, and musicians Joel Gibson and Jimmy Rutland close out the show starting at 3:05 p.m. The drawing of the remaining prizes and the grand prize will be at 3:30 p.m.

But the live entertainment is just the beginning, Burt said. “It will be a great day, with lots of rides, an 18 foot slide and inflatables. There will be pony rides, a petting area and a kind of bungee jump, although not the kind were you take your life in your hands way up high.”

There will also be many games, most with three levels of prizes available.

There will also be food, with an ARC concession stand selling hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos, drinks and other items prepared by the Whosoever Will Men’s Sunday School class. Williamson Brothers Barbrecue will also have a booth, sponsored by the Caravan Sunday School Class at First Presbyterian.

Spongebob, Squarepants and Diego will also be on hand.

There will be two midways for games, one from the ARC and one from CVEC, each for different age levels and with age appropriate prizes.

Volunteers from Alabama Teen Challenge will help set up Thursday and Friday and be on hand all day Saturday. Volunteers are still needed, however.

There will be four ticket stands around the park, and tickets will be the medium for everything inside except the food. Folding chairs are encouraged, but Burt said attendees are asked not to bring bicycles, skateboards or loose animals.

Sunshine Saturday T-shirts are still available in adult sizes for $12 each. Employees of the various sponsors will be wearing their shirts to work on Friday to promote the event.

To buy a shirt, please call the ARC at 256-362-8064.

To volunteer, please contact Pam Cheatwood at 256-761-2224.

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