Hamilton's Buttahatchee River Fall Fest

Please join the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce for the 12th Annual Buttahatchee River Fall Fest on October 28, 2017. The festival, held in the newly renovated downtown Hamilton, Alabama, on and around the Court Square, features the arts and crafts, food, live music, antique tractors, classic cars, motorcycles, and general vendors. This family friendly event offers free admission and fun for the whole family.

The Echota Indian tribe was added to our festival in 2010. They displayed how life was during the time the Indians occupied this area, including their music, some games they played, and how they lived in general. Over the years, the Indian display has grown into a fully functional, educationally correct, working Indian village.

The arts and crafts portion of the festival is coordinated by the Northwest Alabama Arts Council. The section features a great variety of items such as hand-made traditional folk pottery, gourd art, bird houses, iron works, glass, handmade jewelry, and more. The Arts Council donates the profits from the arts and crafts section to the local schools in the form of grants for art education.

The Classic Automobile section features over 100 antique and classic cars, and donates the profits to a local charity that provides clothes and a few toys to local needy children. The Motorcycle section features motorcycles from antique to modern bikes, and raises money for other local children’s charities.

The Buttahatchee River Fall Fest is named after the Buttahatchee River which zigzags its way through Hamilton on its way to the Tombigbee River over in Mississippi. On the banks of the Buttahatchee, just south of Hamilton, are a set of three Chickasaw Indian mounds. Near the Indian mounds, “Military Road” crosses the Buttahatchee. The road was carved out by the army of General Andrew Jackson as a short cut between New Orleans and Nashville.

The expansion of the Echota Indian Tribe educational village and our history and heritage around the Buttahatchee River, along with our newly renovated downtown area, local merchants as well as vendors and artists from across the Southeast help to make our festival unique in our area.