The Crafty Boll Weevi
Most people have never heard of a boll weevil, but the citizens of Enterprise are fondly familiar with the little critter. This tiny beetle that feeds on cotton crops could have been a harbinger for disaster for this town that was solely reliant upon them to survive. Instead, when the infestation came in the early 1900s, local farmers got together and decided to start testing out new crops that were resistant to the bug. This eventually led to them becoming the leading producer of peanuts in the United States, and the boll weevil received commemoration with a statue for its role in their history.
Rising from the Ruins
One of the tough parts about living in Alabama is the fact that you are in tornado alley, and the area is prone to some serious devastation if one touches down near the town. This was certainly the case in 2007 when a Class 4 twister hit Enterprise, destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in property and causing injuries and even loss of life. The people here are strong, though, and the work began to rebuild, starting with education. Today, their school system is better than ever with two newly constructed facilities: Hillcrest Elementary School and Enterprise High School.
People in the South love their music, and surprisingly it is not all country and folk tunes that get people moving in Alabama. The city of Enterprise is actually home to one of the biggest music festivals in the state, and has seen attendance as high as 100,000 people on any given night. Known as BamaJam, this huge assortment of artists, including diverse ones like Taylor Swift, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Black Crowes, and Tim McGraw drop in for a three-day festival that spans several stages and acres of property for one wild time.