By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times
This year’s annual, collectable, commemorative Christmas ornament is available for purchase at the Cullman County Museum.
The ornaments feature a different historical building each year. This year’s ornament bears a likeness of the Festhalle.
According to Cullman County Museum staffer, Drew Green, the decision to feature the Festhalle was because of its befitting Cullman County’s number one rank in the state for agriculture.
“Back in 2006, Cullman city leaders choose to build a unique farmers market,” said Green. “The large (152 ft by 42 ft) timber frame building was designed and constructed by timber wrights from around the country who made the project do double duty when the construction project was used as a teaching school for this old-time way of building.”
Located within walking distance of downtown, the Museum and Depot, this multipurpose pavilion is not only used by local farmers but plays host to many community events including the annual Oktoberfest and Strawberry Fest. The site has also been the backdrop for weddings, music events and other local celebrations. In 2007, with the market complete, the name Festhalle was selected because of Cullman’s German heritage.
“Festhalle in German refers to a covered gathering place where community events are held,” Green explained.
The ornaments are available at the Cullman County Museum.