Food wasn’t the only thing in ample supply at the sixth JuneBug Festival Saturday in the Buckhorn community, there was also plenty of entertainment.
Performing for the some 500 who showed up were Riley Green, RPM, the Foos McCoy Band, Band Benefield and the Gypsy Belly Dancers. There were inflatables, a slide and a pool for the children.
Gary Angel of Calhoun County Development hosted the first festival to thank those who helped build houses in the Buckhorn community. It grew from that to include those who live in the community as well as all the electricians, plumbers, roofers, builders -- everyone who has a hand in the continuing development of the neighborhood.
Festival coordinator Angie Albright said the festival is a way to bring the community together, for neighbors to meet neighbors, and for those who have a hand in building the homes in the Buckhorn community to spend a day talking, eating and enjoying each other’s company. Food is a big part of the day, she said.
Quint Davis brought his smoker and barbecued ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Women from Calhoun County Insurance cooked chicken kabobs. A chef from Classic at Buckhorn fried catfish. During the day, 300 hamburgers and 300 hotdogs were served.
“It’s a big celebration for the people who live in the Buckhorn community and those who build the houses,” said Albright. “When you’re building a neighborhood, you get to know the people who buy the houses and who build them. It’s a family oriented neighborhood. Everybody stops doing everything else and just comes on out. The whole neighborhood gets together.”
Albright compares it to a family reunion.
Other sponsors, along with Gary Angel, Calhoun County Development and the Buckhorn Neighborhood, were Webb Concrete, the Classic Restaurant at Buckhorn, BB&B Bank, Noble Bank, Norandex Vinyl, Amy Angel and Team at Keller Williams, Borrell Bricks, Smith’s Flooring, the Jacksonville Home Center, Alagasco, Alabama Power, Southern Oak Winery, AAA Plumbing, Anniston Fireplace and Patio, Loco Mex, Wilson, Dillon, Bumory and James Law Firm, Drawings on the Walls Murals, and Calhoun County Insurance.
Albright said some of the children became industrious before the day was over and went around pulling a wagon giving out soft drinks.
“The kids wore themselves out, so they laid down, and the adults got to listen to music,” said Albright. “It was a fun day.”
When asked if there’ll be a festival next year, Albright said she’s already begun making plans.