30th Annual Covered Bridge Festival
Known as the Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama, Blount County celebrates its roots with the Blount County Covered Bridge Festival. Set for Saturday, October 26, the 30th annual Blount County Covered Bridge Festival offers many events and diverse activities including a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, a 5K and Fun Run, car show, river walk, food, entertainment, quilt show, a living history event, a haunted library and much more.
Thursday, October 24
Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks
Join the Friends of the Locust Fork River as it presents Alabama geologist Jim Lacefield and the new 2nd Edition of his book “Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks.” Blount County’s own Locust Fork will be a feature of his presentation, as it is in his book. It was Mr. Lacefield who first told the Friends that the river was “older than the hills.” Meeting time is 7 p.m. at The Depot in Oneonta’s Recreation Park (behind the swimming pool and Jack’s). For more information, visit www.friendsofthelocustforkriver.org. or call Carol at 205-956-0923.
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26
Blount County Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show
Held each year atop beautiful Ebel Mountain at Palisades Park, the quilt show showcases not only the talents of Blount County quilters, but quilters across the state as well. The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $5.
Saturday, October 26
30th Annual Covered Bridge Arts & Crafts Show
The highlight of each Covered Bridge Festival is the Arts & Crafts Show held in historic downtown Oneonta. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. hundreds of vendors line the streets selling an assortment of homemade items, handmade jewelry, artwork, wood creations and much, much more. Plus, you will fine plenty to eat with a host of food vendors ready to serve you. The main stage will feature live entertainment throughout the day. You’ll also get to meet Miss Covered Bridge 2014 Rebecca Long, a graduate of Hayden High School who will represent Blount County in the Miss Alabama Pageant in June.
9:30 a.m. Alliance Taekwondo
10 a.m. Performers from Neely Arts Center under the direction of Lynda Rhymes
11 a.m. Fashion Show featuring clothing from local retailers and modeled by Kym Lesley’s Bellas
11:30 a.m. Alliance Taekwondo
11:45 a.m. The Jeremy Lesley Band
1 p.m. Fashion Show featuring clothing from local retailers and modeled by Kym Lesley’s Bellas
1:30 p.m. The Sinners Band (southern style Christian music)
2 p.m. The Beason Boys
2:30 p.m. Three Times a Lady
Classic Car Show
You will also find the Crossroads Cruisers Classic Car Show in downtown Oneonta for the festival. It will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those interested in entering a car, there is a $20 registration fee. There will be door prizes, music and of course lots of classic cars! For more information, call Charles Morton at 205-410-0416 or John Fletcher at 205-589-6780.
The Blount County Children’s Center will hold it’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church (108 Third Avenue East in Oneonta). Plates are $5.00 person and there will be live entertainment provided by the students of the Neely Arts Center. For more information, call the Children’s Center at 205-274-7226. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Center.
The Covered Bridge Walk
The Friends of the Locust Fork River will lead its annual hike from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls and back. the fall foilage is usually glorious and you can look froward to some informed commentary from FLFR’s trip leaders. The hike is of moderate difficulty and takes about three hours round trip. Be prepared for the weather and bring a snack as well as fluids. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Tonka Shell (highways 79 and 160) in Cleveland. For more information, call 205-706-4376 or visit the website at www.friendsofthelocustforkriver.org.
The Covered Bridge 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
Race time starts at 8 a.m. from The Gym located across from Oneonta City School on Highway 75. All pre-registered entrants can pick up their registration packets at The Gym on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. on the 26th. Registration packets are available at The Gym or the Chamber office. For more information, call The Gym at 205-625-5060 or visit the website at www.thegym-oneonta.com.
The Chamber is excited to announce a new venue to the Covered Bridge Festival. The Blountsville Historical Society presents an 1813 Living History Event of Bear Meat Cabin Village from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Blountsville Historic Park located on Highway 231 just two miles north of downtown Blountstville on the right. Throughout the day you can interact with the Indians and Settlers of Bear Meat Village. Plus there will be music, campfire cooking, building tours (Chapel, Brooksville Post Office, 3 log cabins, and Freeman House Museum), history lessons and demonstrations. Also, don’t forget to visit the gift shop while you are there! The event is free. For more information, call Joyce Thompson at 205-429-4232.
Terror in the Stacks: The Haunting of Oneonta Public Library
It’s time to gather your friends for a ghostly good time! The second annual free haunted house will be open at the library from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up, and there will be trick-or-treats outside for kids.
Festival Sponsors: HomeTown Bank, Alabama Power Company, St. Vincent’s Blount, Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC, Spring Valley Beach, Otelco, Regions Bank, Tennessee Valley Metals, Inc., Coca Cola and Blount County Tractor