One year ago, the city of Cullman put on a music event to mark the one year anniversary of the 2011 tornadoes. It was meant to show the strength of the community and the progress of recovery. It was such a big success, Rock the South is now back for the second straight year.
Rock the South will continue making music in the city of Cullman. It's signed a five year contract to keep drawing big names.
Festival Promoter, Shane Quick, says "After the tornadoes of April 2011, the city, this is my hometown, the city and I got together and we wanted to do an anniversary event."
This year that event expanded into a two day music festival, featuring country music stars like Hank Williams Junior and Sara Evans.
Mayor Max Townson says "They want this is to be a family atmosphere and that's why they chose Cullman and they're also giving back to the community and the agencies that help people and they're going to make a contribution to the Children's Hospital in Birmingham."
More than 14-thousand tickets were sold in advance.. drawing people near and far.
Lana Slaten says "Hank Junior used to live here, I thought it was cool he would come back and perform here in my own backyard."
The event included many big acts, but it didn't just draw people from a music dynasty, it also welcomed a man from a duck dynasty." People were excited to see Willie Robertson from the popular reality show.
Aside from music, there were many vendors and people waited in long lines for sweet tea and to meet singer Weston Burt, who is from Alabama. Burt says, "Anytime people are going to come out and pay their hard working money during times like this and endure this heat, the least we can do is play some music."
It's a tradition the city hopes will continue rocking the South for years to come.
The mayor says the city will probably do an economic study to find out how the festival impacts the city.