CONTACT: John Dersham, Executive Director
DeKalb Tourism
PHONE: 256.845.3957 or 888.805.4740 ext. 35

From Mayberry to Music: June Events Not to Miss in Northeast Alabama

 Fort Payne, Ala. (April 22, 2019) – The month of June is a great time to visit the Fort Payne area in northeast Alabama for those that are fans of the classic television show Mayberry and country music group Alabama. Two festivals offer visitors an opportunity to step back to a simpler time and a chance to spend some time with their favorite country band.

The first Saturday in June, the town of Valley Head goes back in time about 60 years to the days of Mayberry, the iconic small town from the classic television show, “The Andy Griffith Show.” Set for June 1, 2019, the third annual Memories of Mayberry festival offers a day of fun for the whole family. Beginning at 9 a.m., there will be a cruise-in, food, live entertainment, door prizes, children’s activities from the period of Mayberry and more. Characters from Mayberry will be featured and the town of Valley Head is redecorated to represent the iconic small. All activities will be held in the downtown square of Valley Head.

Admission to the festival is free, but donations are appreciated. All proceeds go to benefit the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, visit

To show their appreciation to their fanbase, Fort Payne’s own  country and Southern rock band Alabama is hosting Fan Appreciation Weekend June 20-23, 2019, featuring several events throughout DeKalb County. Tour the Fan Club, attend an autograph session and enjoy concerts are just a few of the activities the band has planned for its faithful followers.

The four-day event kicks off Thursday, June 20th with Teddy Gentry’s Singing with the Stars benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center. Show time is at 6 p.m. at Northeast Alabama Community College (138 AL-35, Rainsville, Ala.). Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Call 256.997.9700 for more information and to buy tickets.

Jeff Cook, lead guitarist, will host guests Friday evening, June 21st for the Fan Daze Concert featuring him and the Allstar Goodtime Band along with Me and the Girls at the DeKalb Theatre (806 Gault Ave N, Fort Payne, Ala.). Doors open at 5 p.m. with show time at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. To buy tickets, visit

The highlight of the weekend activities is when the entire band —Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry — takes the stage for an intimate concert at the Alabama Fan Club and Museum (101 Glenn Boulevard SW, Fort Payne). Considered by many the most successful country, rock band in history, the group had 43 number one songs, 19 studio albums and won more than 300 awards. Attendance to the concert set for June 22nd is limited exclusively to current Alabama Fan Club Members. VIP tickets are $100 each and general admission is $50 each. To buy tickets, call 256.845.1646.

On Sunday, June 23rd, lead singer Randy Owen will perform during Randy’s Fandemonium On The Farm. Gates open at 10 a.m. with the show at 12 p.m. Following his performance, he will sign autographs and take pictures. During the event, donations will be accepted for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Fan Appreciation Weekend, visit