43rd annual Heritage Festival: 43 Years of Poetry Celebrations

This February, we invite the community to the 43rd annual Heritage Festival! Celebrate Black History Month with us all day by encouraging our community’s youth during the oration competition, enjoying a special performance by T.A.D. of Jazz, shopping African-inspired vendors, and touring the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum! Festival Coordinator Georgia Calhoun declared this year’s theme as 43 Years of Poetry Celebrations. Food vendors will be on-site with delicious food options available for purchase. This community event is perfect for people of all ages!

Register your child to compete in the 43rd annual Heritage Festival Oration Competition. Download the registration form and email it to swoolmaker@annistonal.gov or visit Anniston Museum of Natural History. This special event provides children from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 the opportunity to develop public speaking skills and strengthen their love for reading, writing, and poetry. Review the Oration Competition Application for details. Registration forms are due by end of day Saturday, February 11, 2023. All oration competition participants receive $10.00, a participation ribbon, and a one-year Family Membership to the Anniston Museums and Gardens. Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of each category during the Awards Ceremony.

To become a 43rd annual Heritage Festival sponsor, please contact Sarah Woolmaker at swoolmaker@annistonal.gov or call 256-237-6261. Thank you for your support!

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Alabama Power, Alabama Power Service Organization, Calhoun County Commissioner Fred Wilson, State Representative Dr. Barbara Boyd, Iota Mu Omega Chapter of AKA, Pandora Art and Social Club, F&S Body Shop and Wrecker Service, Th­omas A. Williams Elks Lodge, John and Dr. Valerie Richardson, Eddie and Veronica May, Attorney Cleo ­Thomas and Dr. Carla Th­omas, AFGE Local 1945 Anniston Army Depot, and Dorcas Art & Social Club, Willie and Betty Farrior Family Foundation

Oration Competition Application

2023 Winners


1st Place: Sanders & Bush Class from Cobb Elementary School

  •  Autumn Pullman
  •  Reina Billingsley
  •  Kashton Mansfield
  •  Jermaine Carter

2nd Place: Anniston Middle School

  •  Brooklyn Gooden
  •  Mallory Kirk

3rd Place: R.L. Young Elementary School

  • Paisley Embry
  • Keidrayal Maddox



1st Place: Laforest Carmichael

2nd Place: Nova Rai Harper

3rd Place: Ava McCluney


Kindergarten – Grade 2

1st Place: Ivy David

2nd Place: Amelia Mack

3rd Place: Montaego Teague


Grades 3 – 5

1st Place: Makaela Hunt

2nd Place: Tristen Colson

3rd Place: Laila Miller


Grades 6-8

1st Place: Amelia Jackson

2nd Place: Modasti Carr

3rd Place:  Kaydence Colson

3rd Place: Markayla Smith


Grades 9 – 12

1st Place: Sukunya Spaulding

2nd Place: Kerrie Swain

3rd Place: Emily Ward


Feb 18 2023


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Longleaf Event Center

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