Vendors come to UFO Days

Fyffe Town Clerk Brandi Clayton.

The 14th annual Fyffe UFO Day is Aug. 25 at Fyffe Town Park at the corner of Paul Benefield Lane and Church Street with gates opening at 9 a.m. and music starting at 10 a.m.

Although, the 5K and hot-air balloon rides will begin before that time.

Brandi Clayton, Fyffe town clerk, has been planning UFO Days for the last 10 years. With it being a free event, she said the town depends on sponsorships and vendors to fund the entertainment and other costs.

“It always seems to fall into place and it always comes together,” Clayton said.

If anyone is interested in hot-air balloon rides, they need to contact Jeff Maddox at 256-461-8612 or rides@ballooningAL.com. Clayton said the balloons will take flight between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and then again around 4 p.m. – weather permitting – if anyone wants to watch them.

The 5K is organized by Fyffe cheerleaders. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the race is at 8 a.m. For those who want to register ahead of time, they can do so online at raceonline.com.

This year, Clayton said 43 vendors are confirmed for the event, and she is still waiting on paperwork for a few others.

Clayton tries to maintain a variety of vendors so everyone is not selling the same things, and it benefits the vendors as well as the attendees, she said.

This year’s vendor variety includes but is not limited to many types of food, arts and crafts, jewelry and student organizations.

“One of the favorites every year that several people have asked me about, is Mary’s Chicken Wraps,” Clayton said. “The wraps are humongous.

“People have said ‘I waited in line an hour for one of those.’”

She said one of the vendors who stood out to her was “A Little Something Extra.”

“A lady is selling Blue Bunny Ice Cream,” she said. “It’s called ‘A Little Something Extra.’ Her son has Down Syndrome, and they will be working to teach awareness and acceptance through their business.”

This business belongs Michelle Norwood and her son, Hunter, and this will be their first event with their truck, Clayton said.

“I don’t want to leave anyone out,” Clayton said. “We will have everything from sunglasses and light-up toys to fresh squeezed lemonade and fried pies.”

“Most everyone knows the history of how Fyffe became the UFO capital of the Alabama, when [unidentified flying objects] were sighted in 1989,” Clayton said. “I was about 13, and I remember me and my girlfriends would load up and go line up the street looking for a sighting.”

In 2004, Mayor Larry Lingerfelt incorporated the festival, and they decided it would be UFO Days, standing for Unforgettable Family Outing, Clayton said it used to be a 2-day event, but now is just Saturday.

She said this year, there are UFO Day Festival T-shirts for sell at the festival for $10.

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