Fredonia’s 69th community barbecue draws good crowd

Published 6:00 pm Monday, April 29, 2019

FREDONIA — A big turnout was on hand for Saturday’s 69th annual Fredonia Community Barbecue. Organizers were well pleased with the public response.

Proceeds from the event go to the maintenance of the 100-year-old clubhouse, the Fredonia Volunteer Fire Department and to needs of the Fredonia Town Council. It’s a long-time tradition for the Fredonia barbecue to be held on the first Saturday following Easter.

Both the Clubhouse and the nearby New Hope Rosenwald School reached centennial years in 2019. The New Hope School has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and has a historical marker in front of it. Similar efforts are under way to have the Community Clubhouse so recognized as well. The New Hope School is currently being renovated. It’s possible it could be ready for public tours by Fredonia Heritage Day, which will be taking place on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The Heritage Festival is a featured event on the three-year Alabama Bicentennial Trail. The celebration focuses on Alabama being a territory in 1817 and becoming a state two years later. In 2017, the Heritage Festival celebrated the sense of place, in 2018 it was Our People and this year it will be Our Story.

People with connections to Fredonia are being asked to share their stories about the community. They will be included in a book that will be on public view inside the Clubhouse on Heritage Day.