Story By Natalie Salvatore
Photos Contributed By The Conecuh Sausage Company
When the summer weather finally starts turning into cooler, autumn temperatures, folks in Evergreen, Alabama, as well as in the surrounding areas, partake in the annual Conecuh Sausage Festival. The event — this year will be the 20th — is hosted by Conecuh Sausage Company, Economic Development, the Evergreen-Conecuh Chamber of Commerce and the city of Evergreen. It is a two-day, jam-packed experience appropriate for all ages, starting with the Professional Cowboy Association (PCA) Rodeo on Friday, Oct. 20. On Saturday, the rodeo will hold its second showing. On both days, gates open at 6 p.m. for the rodeo’s start at 7:30 p.m. and will feature steer wrestling, barrel racing, bronc and bull riding, team roping, tie down roping, goat tying, bareback riding, pole bending and more. Adult armbands cost $10, and armbands for children ages 12 and under cost $5. Children ages two and under enter free.
On the festival’s main day, Saturday, Oct. 21, festivities start at 9 a.m. and run all the way through 5 p.m. There will be something to do for everyone.
“My favorite part is meeting new people during the events, as well as seeing everyone come together as a community to support our event and have fun,” said Carol Hamrac, executive assistant with the Evergreen-Conecuh Chamber of Commerce.
She helps plan the festival with other board members, including Susan Coleman, her director, as well as co-worker Leigh Darby.
Throughout the day, live entertainment will amuse guests as they walk through the festival’s more than 100 arts and crafts, food and shopping vendors. Children attending with their families can enjoy a children’s area featuring inflatables as well as other children’s activities. The star of the show, the delicious Conecuh Sausage, is sold in three separate booths set up by the Chamber of Commerce.
Not only does the festival feature food and entertainment, but it also holds its very own Car Show, also starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. Those interested in seeing cars from different periods, as well as witnessing car restorations from citizens in surrounding areas can stop by during their time at the festival. Winners in the top 10 will receive $50, and the “Mayor’s Choice” will receive $100 as a cash prize. All makes, models and years are welcome.
Hamrac expressed how Evergreen looks forward to this festival each year, especially ever since the pandemic caused the festival’s cancellation in 2020.
“It is a family event, and the community loves being able to come out and enjoy the rodeo, shop with the vendors and look at the unique cars in the car show,” she said.
On behalf of the Chamber Hamrac invites everyone to come out and partake in one of the amazing events this community has to offer. “We are a small town with big hearts,” she said. “We love when out-of-towners come to our events.”
Admission to both the festival itself, as well as to the car show, is free. Those wishing to enter a car or truck into the car show may register the morning of or may pre-register now with the Chamber of Commerce. The registration fee is $25.
The festival will be located at the Evergreen Regional Airport, located at 14134 Highway 84, in Evergreen. For general information, call the Evergreen-Conecuh Chamber of Commerce at 251-578-1707. For specific information about the car show, contact Glen Freeman at 251-867-4781.
Also, visit the Chamber’s website, www.evergreenareachamber.com/evergreen-sausage-festival.php to find more information about the upcoming festival, including the vendor application, car show registration form and rodeo sponsorship form.