Good Saturday morning from Fort Payne Main Street! We as a people achieve more and do more working as a community. The Webster dictionary definitions of “community” is described as a unified body of individuals or a people with common interests living in a particular area.

I feel that describes our Fort Payne Main Street historic downtown district pretty well. I fully understand that there will be some disagreements along the way but for the majority of our community we all have a common goal and that is to see Fort Payne prosper. We have an incredible combination of natural beauty, outstanding man-made architecture combining old and new structures that creates a great balance of beauty. We here at Fort Payne Main Street are constantly in contact with people that want to move our city forward. Some of the ideas come together and become reality, some of them do not, but we are not going to be afraid to try, and we are not going to worry about failure either.

Some of the greatest success stories that come from an idea, invention, business concept that gets accepted \, or even maybe a “local small town band” that refused to give up and eventually became an overnight success after many, many years of never giving up. Come be part of positive goals in Fort Payne that begins with community.

Our Fort Payne Main Street farmers market is getting better every week now with a Wednesday afternoon and always our Saturday morning offerings of tomatoes, corn, peaches, peas, green beans, watermelons, fried pies and the list goes on, come visit and see for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised. All of our farmers are from DeKalb County with a history of farming.

Boom Days is fast approaching, and by the time you read this it will be a month out. I will be saying more about it every week. We are all looking forward to the sights, sounds and smells of another installment of this cool event. Main Street is a community effort for the community who love our Fort Payne.

We are about the preservation, revitalization and economic vitality of our historic downtown district, preserving history and promoting growth. Visit our Facebook page for upcoming events and be on the lookout for our updated website at www.fortpaynemainstreet.org Thank You!

Tim Harris is executive director of Fort Payne Main Street.

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