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Heritage Day offers chance to remember town’s history

Main Street was swarmed with people and vendors during last year’s Heritage Day Festival in Maplesville. (File Photo)

Main Street was swarmed with people and vendors during last year’s Heritage Day Festival in Maplesville. (File Photo)

Heritage Day will take a look back at the history of the town of Maplesville and its people for the seventh straight year on April 9.

The festival will provide a sneak peak into Maplesville’s past with tours of the museum inside the Maplesville Depot, which used to be a train depot, but now is home to the town’s historical society.

The museum uses pictures and artifacts to tell the story of Maplesville’s history and the people that have been a factor in the town’s success over time.

According to Christine Epperson, EMS assistant with the Maplesville Fire Department, Heritage Day began with tours offered by some of the older homes throughout town. However, over time the event adopted its current format.

The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run/walk that will be held by Maplesville High School’s Relay For Life team.

Registration for the 5K run/walk is $20 prior to the day of the race and $15 for participants under 15 years old. The price will increase to $30 on the day of the event.

Runners who pre-registered will also get a T-shirt included with their entry fee.

Main Street will be closed for the event, which will include an antique car show and a bouncy house for children. Food and craft vendors will also be present.

“A lot of things are coming together,” Epperson said. “We’ve already had a big turnout of vendors. We had 30 last year, and we’re already at that number at this point.”

This is the second year the Maplesville Fire Department has sponsored and organized the event.

Something new at this year’s version of Heritage Day will be the addition of local growers who will be selling an assortment of vegetable plants and flowers.

“[Heritage Day] really brings out the pride that people have for this community and this town,” Epperson said.