The Downtown Jubilee held Saturday tied Military Appreciation Day, Junque Jubilee and Benton’s Beauty Supply’s 30th anniversary into one event.
Military Appreciation Day, which was hosted by the local Disabled American Veterans Bill Nichols Chapter 13, was held on Main Street The Junque Jubilee was held on Calhoun Street and featured multiple arts and crafts vendors. Benton’s Beauty Supply celebrated its 30th anniversary on Bibb Street.
“It’s nice,” resident Martha Sue Champion said. “We’re going to take in all of it. We enjoyed it. We know lots of people.”
Local musicians Nick Hill and Tina Marie performed sets at the jubilee. There was also an inflatable game at the event for children.
“(I) heard a lot of people say that they love it and they want us to do more things like this downtown,” Main Street Alexander City executive director Stacey Jeffcoat said. “My favorite part has been walking around and talking to everybody and seeing people downtown enjoying themselves.”
The military appreciation section featured military trucks and vehicles and tables from the local DAV, the Dadeville American Legion, Operation Combat Bikesaver and Lake Martin Search and Rescue.
“So far we’ve had a great time and it’s been awesome,” local DAV commander Hugo Perez said. “Alex City is getting more and more aware of the veteran groups and we’re appreciative that they are. And we’re looking forward to doing more work out there.”
The military appreciation event also featured the Alexander City and Dadeville Masonic lodges hosting free children finger printing for parents.
Benton’s Beauty Supply co-owner Elizabeth Benton said the celebration was great and she was excited her business has been open for three decades.
“I would say we had determination to keep going,” Benton said. “We had stumbling blocks in our way. You have to have faith in God and faith in yourself. Family-based businesses can get difficult but you have to keep pressing on.”
Benton said Bibb Street used to be an African-American business district and she wants the store to continue to build on its foundation.
“They did it then, let’s continue to do it,” Benton said.
Event attendee Patricia Dejurnett said she went to the celebration since Benton’s husband, Rev. David Benton, is her pastor at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville.
“This is our first time in Alexander City, so it’s a blessing to be here with them today to celebrate with them,” Dejurnett said. “I love it. It’s a nice store. They’ve always talked about their store, and it’s a nice store.”
Jeffcoat said she was glad the weather cooperated with the jubilee and it was a great event.
“We encourage people to come downtown and we’ll be having events and keep a watch on our Facebook page for upcoming events,” Jeffcoat said.