Shelby Iron Works Fall Festival Set For October 14th

Old-time traditions will be on display October 14 at the Shelby Iron Works for the annual Fall Festival. This family-friendly event will offer fun and educational activities for people of every age.

The festival, which has been going on for about 27 years, always draws a great crowd and features many things to see and do.

“People coming to the Fall Festival can expect to see a variety of old time activities,” said Frank Hebert, Historic Shelby Association President. “There will be antique tractors on display with a tractor parade around noon.  We will be squeezing and cooking sorghum syrup, running the antique sawmill and giving blacksmith demonstrations. We will have live music, a variety of vendors, and hamburgers and hot dogs.  There will be face painting and a bouncy house for the kids.”

This year’s festival will feature theater students from Calera High School playing the roles of people that worked at the Iron Works so long ago.

Antiques and tractors are just one of many things that will be on display on October 14th at the Shelby Iron Works Fall Festival.

Vendors are welcome for $15. If you are interested in being a vendor for this event, contact Hebert at 205-531-9298 or by email at

“Parking and admission are free but donations are welcome. Both the Iron Works Museum and Industrial Museum will be open for tours at no charge,” Hebert said. “The festival will begin at 9a.m. and last until around 3p.m.”

The Shelby Iron Works has a rich industrial history, and was home to what was the largest charcoal blast furnace in Alabama. It was established in 1846 by Horace Ware.  The Fall Festival provides an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the coal industry, which was instrumental in the development of Shelby County.