The Leeds Fall Festival & John Henry Celebration is only a few days away. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22, in historical downtown Leeds -- rain or shine. Admission and parking are free to the public. 
The outdoor event will feature food vendors, a variety of live music and entertainment on three stages, an art show, a car show and lots of activities for children, young people and those young at heart.
Two performances of “Listen to that Cold Steel Ring,” an outdoor play about the life and death of John Henry, the steel-drivin’, man will be presented on the grounds of Leeds historic depot. An African-American railroad man, Henry is believed to have died following a contest against a steam drill as the company he worked for blasted tunnels through mountains south of Leeds in the 1880s. 
Leeds High School students will make up the cast and crew for this year’s performances under the guidance of Jessica Frye, director of theater at Leeds Schools.
Sponsors for this year’s festival include The Outlet Shops of Grant River, City of Leeds, Leeds Scenic Byway, Leeds Arts Council, Leeds Historical Society, Leeds Public Library Foundation, BancorpSouth Bank,  The Pants Store, J.M. Exotic Foods, The Monkey’s Uncle, Clairmont Homes, Zeekee Interactive, T.V. and Dee Ann Weaver, and Tom and Pat Hall.
Donors are Covenant Bank, Falletta Realty, Guaranteed Labels, McKinnon Pharmacy, Cahaba Valley Garden Club, Peggy’s Barber Shop, Dirt Dabbers Garden Club, Women’s Literary Club, Jim and Doris Jarvis and Carol Phillips.
Leeds is conveniently located 15 miles east of Birmingham. The festival site in historic downtown Leeds is only two miles from I-20 Exit 140. Local and visitors alike are invited to this family-friendly event. Bring a folding chair and stay all day!
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