TUSCUMBIA – Fletch Brown, the entertainment coordinator for the Helen Keller Festival doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing this year’s music lineup.
“The year this entertainment is pretty rocking,” Brown said. The festival is June 27-30 in Tuscumbia.
A star-studded lineup of entertainers, including country music legend Tanya Tucker, are headed to this year’s Helen Keller Festival. The festival features daily concerts at Spring Park in Tuscumbia.
Tucker, whose hits include Delta Dawn, What’s Your Mama’s Name, Blood Red and Goin’ Down, and Strong Enough to Bend will headline the entertainment on Saturday, June 29.
“She’s bringing country back to the Helen Keller Festival,” Brown said.
Tucker’s concert at 8:30pm will follow performances by Katlyn Barnes at 5pm, Outlaw Apostles at 6pm, and Joseph Baldwin at 7:15pm.
Admission is $5 for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night concerts and free on Sunday.
The Tuscumbia concert comes as Tucker is preparing to release While I’m Living, her first new album in 17 years. The album is scheduled to be released Aug. 23.
Mixtape, a nationally famous ‘80s tribute band, will headline the entertainment on Friday, June 28. Also performing on Friday are Electric Zen at 6pm and CC Jags at 7pm. Mixtape’s concert begins at 8:30pm.
Christian music star Jason Crabb will close out the entertainment for this year’s festival with a concert at 7pm Sunday, June 30.
The festival kicks off on Thursday, June 27 with a parade down Main Street in Tuscumbia that begins at 6pm. Dr. Kenji Hamada of Oregon is this year’s grand marshal. A concert by The Velcro Pygmies will follow the parade at 7pm in Spring Park.
The Miracle Worker will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights at Ivy Green, the Home of Helen Keller. Gates open at 6:30pm and the play gets underway at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for reserved seats and $10 for general admission. Purchase tickets at Ivy Green or by calling 256-383-4066.
In addition to the entertainment, the festival will feature several activities for children from 5-7pm. Tuesday, June 25 on The Commons in front of Ivy Green and “Keller Kids” 8am-3:30pm. Thursday, June 27 at the Tuscumbia Multi-Purpose Center.
A marketplace featuring more than 70 vendors will be at Spring Park throughout the festival.
People from around the world will make their way to the Shoals to attend the festival. Tuscumbia Mayor, Kerry Underwood, said, “We will have guests coming in from all over.”
More details about the festival are available by downloading the Helen Keller Festival app for Apple or Android devices or by calling 256-383-0783.
Look for the complete Helen Keller Festival schedule inside this issue sponsored by your local Foodland Stores.
WHAT TO BRING
Visitors to the Helen Keller Festival should bring a lawn chair to most Festival events.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
Coolers and alcohol are not permitted in Spring Park. In case of medical necessity, one cooler no larger than 12” x 12”, is accepted.
PARKING IN SPRING PARK IS VERY LIMITED. There will be no public parking inside the park. There will be limited handicapped parking which can be accessed by entering at Main Street next to Coach’s Steakhouse. Please consider riding the FREE festival shuttle buses that are handicapped accessible as well. ATV’s, golf carts, and other mobile devices are not allowed in park area. Only those designated by Tuscumbia Police Department are allowed inside the park.
Trolleys will run every
STOP 1: Water Street (at the courthouse)
STOP 2: Indian Street (between Almond and Commons across from Helen Keller Birthplace)
STOP 3: Calvary Baptist Church on Commons
STOP 4: Deshler High School on Commons
STOP 5: Broad Street (First Presbyterian Church)
LAST STOP: Spring Park
No Dogs or Other Pets Allowed in Spring Park (except those assisting handicapped).