Labor Day celebrations across central Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Labor Day weekend celebrations across Alabama range from an entire festival devoted to butterbeans to a Moon Pie eating contest in McCalla, with plenty of arts and crafts shows and concerts in-between.

If the tropical storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico has made you consider staying closer to home for the long weekend holiday, take a glance through some of the events planned around the state. The Alabama Department of Tourism has a full list of Labor Day celebrations on their website, but here are a few from the central Alabama area:

Sept. 2-3 in Pinson (Jefferson County)

  • The Alabama Butterbean Festival is Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday from 8-4 along Historic Main Street Pinson. There will be an antique car show, dog pageant, children's parade and of course, a contest to find the best combo of butterbeans and cornbread! Free admission. Find out more:

Sept. 3 in Montevallo (Shelby County)

  • The 10th annual Cars by the Creek and Catfish Rodeo will be from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Orr Park. Restored classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars and pick-ups will compete for a place in the top 20 for cars and top 10 for trucks. The catfish rodeo will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the child who catches the most fish will win a prize. For more info:

Sept. 4 in Alexander City (Coosa, Tallapoosa counties)

  • The annual Labor Day Weekend Concert will be from 7-10 p.m. at The Lake Martin Amphitheater, featuring musicians The Blues Traveler with Tea Leaf Green and The Vegabonds. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For more info:

Sept. 4-5 in Crane Hill (Cullman County)

  • Do you love sweet taters? Celebrate with other tater fans at the annual Sweet Tater Festival in Dowling Memorial Park. The festival is Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and Monday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more info:

Sept. 5 in Pelham (Shelby County)

  • Oak Mountain State Park offers the chance to enjoy the outdoors with a nature walk at 10 a.m. The walk begins at the campground beach and will circle the campground lake. More info:

Sept. 5 in McCalla (Jefferson, Tuscaloosa counties)

  • The 20th Annual Labor Day Celebration & Moon Pie Eatin' Contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. The competition to find out who can eat the most moon pies will award prizes for both children and adults. Find out more: