Dadeville Kiwanis hears about bicentennial

Gabrielle Jansen /The Outlook

Sandra Fuller, the director of Tallapoosa County Tourism Authority, speaks about the Alabama bicentennial at Thursday’s Kiwanis meeting.

The Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit will be displayed in Dadeville in April, and the Tallapoosa County tourism is tying into it with history from the towns and communities of the county.

Sandra Fuller, director of the tourism authority, spoke Thursday at a Dadeville Kiwanis Club meeting about the upcoming celebration and getting one of the traveling displays to make a visit.

“(The displays) have a timeline; they have a history, they talk about the culture, every single one of those areas and we were able to get the Dadeville Chamber (of Commerce) and your mayor (on board),” Fuller said. “Mayor (Wayne) Smith said, ‘Let’s go and schedule ours and get this started.’”

The exhibit will have kiosks displaying the history of the state.

The exhibit will be held at the Dadeville Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April 23 to May 2. Fuller said the tourism office is building off that with a festival on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We added an extra piece to this and we’re hoping to build excitement around it,” Fuller said. “I mean 200 years; we’re not going to be around for the next centennial, right?”

Fuller said a committee was formed with members from every city and community in Tallapoosa County, and they are sharing ideas for bringing history from their respective communities.

“That committee will stay with me with tourism once the bicentennial is over,” Fuller said.

Fuller said the committee is also trying to tie the bicentennial festival into the Tallapoosee Historical Museum.

“The museum and historical society have let us go in there and speak and have offered (help) in any way they can and we certainly want them to be open that day,” Fuller said.