County-Wide Annual Events
- Sumter County Fine Arts Council Events – The Fine Arts Council hosts and sponsors several art and seasonal theatrical performances throughout the year in Livingston. The organization has featured various theatrical troupes, local performers, and orchestral music performances open to the public. For a calendar of events, please visit www.SCFAC.uwa.edu.
- Sucarnochee Folklife Festival – The Sucarnochee Folklife Festival is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the unique life ways of Black Belt residents. This yearly festival, held on the third Saturday of April, features demonstrations of traditional crafts including pottery, metal works, quilting and more from artists throughout the State. You can also find live music and folksingers, storytelling, historical tours of local sites including a Walking Ghost Tour, folk food and a cornbread cook-off, and the Sucarnochee 5K run. You will find these activities and more for the entire family. Location – Courthouse Square, Downtown Livingston
- Highway 11 Antique Alley – The US Highway 11 Antique Alley is known as the “World’s Longest Yard Sale” and takes place the second full weekend of each May. This 502 mile festive roadside yard sale spans from the Meridian, Mississippi to Bristol, Virginia. Each town along Hwy 11 hosts its own festivals, antique sales, flea markets, yard sales, and other activities. The purpose of this yard sale is to support your local community, attract tourists, shoppers, and collectors, and, of course, to sell your own items to make money.
- Geiger Day – This event takes place the fourth Saturday in May of each year and has become known as a display of celebration and appreciation for the citizenry of this wonderful community and the founding of Geiger. Activities include food and drink vendors, live music, sporting events, board games, inflatable games and bounces, and much more. Location – Geiger Town Hall, Hwy 17
- “World’s Widest Yard Sale” – is a project of the Alabama Rural Development Office, the Black Belt Commission, and the Chambers and Cities all along Highway 80. This is an entertaining way to showcase this region of Alabama in a positive light, share our culture heritage, and generate revenues for all the communities along Highway 80 and beyond. It takes place the last Thursday through Saturday of May.
- Gainesville Day – This event takes place the first Saturday in May and celebrates the heritage and culture of Historic Gainesville. Location – Downtown Gainesville at the intersection of Hwys 39 and 116
- Boyd Day – This event takes place the fourth Saturday in June of each year and is hosted by the Community of Boyd. The celebration takes place at the Boyd Community Park and includes such activities as live music, a DJ, food, craft vendors, and softball games.
- North Sumter High School Parade/ Panola Day – This event takes place the third Saturday in October, and some activities include food vendors, a parade, music, etc. Location – Sumter County Road 34/Panola Pkwy
- Halloween in Historic Gainesville – This frighteningly fun event is held the Saturday before Halloween in Downtown Gainesville. Children enjoyed a hay ride, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, face painting, and inflatable bounces.
- Sucarnochee BBQ and Blues Cook-off – This event takes place each November in Livingston and is hosted by the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, UWA. It is a two day event that includes live music, a variety of BBQ to taste, and a “Backyard,” “Sauce,” and “Dessert” competition. Location – Intramural fields, Wise Loop Road, UWA
- Christmas on the Square – Christmas on the Square is sponsored by the City of Livingston and the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce and takes place on the first Thursday evening in December at 5:00 pm. Activities include a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas Carols by the UWA Band, hot chocolate and goodies, the Christmas Tree Lighting, and ornament decorating.
- Christmas Almost on the River – This event takes place the third Saturday in December and is sponsored by the Town of Gainesville. Some activities include food vendors, Christmas music, a small parade, and games for children
- DUD Parade – Each year on New Year’s Eve, the D.U.D Parade takes place in the City of Livingston. In the parade people dress in elaborate customs and wear masks and walk down the central streets of Livingston.
Trail Riders Club Events:
- Benefit Ride the fourth Saturday each January in Panola, AL.
- Western Ball the third Saturday each February in Epes, AL.
- Tri County Trail Riders Spring Break Hay Ride the third Saturday in Panola.
- Outreach Ministry the second Saturday each May in Panola.
- Black Farmers Legacy Parade the fifth Saturday each June in Coatopa, AL.
- Wild Wild West the first Saturday each July in Ward, AL.
- Hole in the Wall the second Saturday each July in Gainesville, AL.
- Back to School Rally the third Friday each July in Panola.
- Lisa V. Fundraiser the fourth Saturday each July in Boyd, AL.
- Shirt B-Day Ride the first Saturday each August in Panola.
- Fishing Trip the third Saturday each August in Sumterville, AL.
- Morning Star Riders the first Saturday each September in Morning Star, AL.
- Campout the third Friday through Sunday each September in Panola.
- Billy Palmer the fourth Saturday each September in Gainesville.
- Bluffport Riding Club the first Saturday each October in Prospect, AL.
- Young Riders Campout the first Friday through Sunday each November in Gainesville.
- Christmas Gala the second Saturday each December in Panola.
** To have your Event Featured on this page, please complete the “Event Submission Form” and send to the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 1619, Livingston, AL 35470. **