WSD festival today
By By Adam Prestridge
Vendors began setting up mid-morning Friday for the Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Williams Station Day festival.
The 18th annual event, celebrating Atmore’s heritage as a railroad stop along the Mobile and Great Northern Railroad, begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. The event will be held along South Pensacola Avenue.
Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said she is excited about today’s event.
Musicians will take center stage on the main stage located in front of the Atmore Area YMCA. Microwave Dave &The Nukes will make an encore visit to this year’s event after being well-received two years ago as the headliner. The trio will share headliner status this year with The Four Kicks. Other musicians include Atmore’s own Haley Murph, Wayne Veal, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson and Winky Hicks. Magician Gary Ledbetter will also be featured on the main stage and in the Storytellers Tent, along with Williams Station Day regular, Roy Harper and Paula Larke. Hicks, Veal and Harper will also perform at the Old Time Fiddlers’ Tent.
The event will also feature a Children’s Art Village, storytelling tent, model train show, AL Gulf Coast Static Locomotive, old time cane milling, a cultural display by the Poarch Creek Indians, WSD hayride, Williams Station “Express” train ride and a turpentine display.