We are sad to report that there will not be a 2014 Riverfront Market Day in Selma due to the city council’s pending proposal to levy a fee on vendors. Without knowing if there will be an imposed fee or not, planning for this event was not possible. We apologize for all inconveniences and hope that RMD will continue in the future.
Last held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, Riverfront Market Day is where Selma’s blend of history comes alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of the Deep South.
Together with ArtsRevive, the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society invited quality vendors, artisans and craftsmen to market their wares. Food vendors offered everything from spicy southern barbecue to chicken on a stick, Oriental fare, Greek salads, Polish sausage, hamburgers, turkey legs, funnel cakes and curly fries.
Children enjoyed train rides throughout the day and Buddy the Clown. Buddy is not only a ventriloquist and balloonist, but rode throughout the festival in his bubble car blowing hundreds of bubbles behind him.
Crowds experienced the tunes of Dixieland, blues, Southern rock and country while they browsed open-air booths piled with colorful quilts and handbags, wooden bowls and children’s toys. They shopped along Water Avenue beneath wrought-iron balconies for barnwood and cedar birdhouses, baskets woven with wisteria and kudzu, monogrammed gifts, handmade jewelry, pottery and much more.
Selma’s Riverfront Market Day 2013 had something for everyone:
Gates opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. Price was just $2 for adults, $1 children 12 and over and FREE for children under 12.
Many folks planned to spend the weekend and also attended the Alabama Tale-Tellin’ Festival on Friday and Saturday nights.
2013 Market Day Music
Morning Music (9-11:30):
Center stage: Lower Society of Upper Water Avenue is Market Day’s original band put together by Charlie Worrell. Several of the original band members from the first RMD in 1971 are deceased, but the band plays on with new members. They play Dixieland and also some jazz.
Songs of Selma Park: The Ramblers, a local six-to-eight person band featuring their horn section. They play jazz and Dixieland music and are hosted by Dave Thomas.
Noon Music (noon-2:15):
Center stage: The Fabulous Shades will wow you with its 10-person band with a horn section that plays oldies from the 60’s on up. Their music will keep your toes tapping and many dancing.
Songs of Selma Park: Local favorite Phillip Morgan specializes in classic rock and roll that includes favorites of the ‘60s and 70s. He also likes to throw in a bit of New Orleans reggae.
Afternoon Music (2:30-5):
Center Stage: Vintage Gray will energize the audience with their great vocals. The crowd will enjoy listening, dancing, and singing along to some good ol’ Rock and Roll.
9- 11:30 am – Lower Society of Upper Water Avenue (Dixieland and Jazz)
2:30 – 5 pm – Vintage Gray (Oldies Rock & Roll)
Songs of Selma Park
9:00 – 11:30 am – The Ramblers (Jazz & Dixieland)
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm – Phillip Morgan (Classic Rock & Roll with New Orleans reggae)
2:30 pm – 5 pm – Brenda Ellis (Blues, New Orleans Jazz & Oldies)
There is plenty of free parking downtown. Click here for a map to Selma.
For more information call 334-412-8550 or 1-800-45-SELMA or download this Market Day Card.