The Cullman Strawberry Fest kicked off Friday morning in Depot Park hosting many crafts, collectibles, food vendors, live music, and of course, strawberries from local farms.

The festival will continue on Saturday, May 11 from 8 a.m.  until 10 p.m. with more bands playing, hot funnel cakes, barbecue, home decorations and fresh strawberries available for purchase. Eighty-three-year-old Howard Pepper has been coming to the Strawberry Fest for eight years and encourages others who haven’t attended before to visit this year.

“I enjoy meeting the people and seeing what all they have going on out here,” Pepper said. “The music is good- I like the bluegrass the best. Tomorrow will be a great day to come out.”

One of the music acts featured on Friday night was Street Level. Band member Charles Baker said they played at Oktoberfest and were invited to play again at the spring Strawberry Fest.

“Come on out and have a good time,” Baker said. “We have good bands coming up to play.”

On the crafts side, it is Cullman vendor Becky Bryan’s first time selling items at the Strawberry Fest. Her tent contained decorative mason jars and the popular, decorative diaper cakes.

“The mason jars can be hung or sit as a decoration,” Bryan said. “I’ve tried to use some burlap and different heights and things to give interest to customers and also display some hanging jars.”

Several local farms participated in the Strawberry Fest, bringing along baskets, buckets and boxes full of strawberries.

The schedule of events for Saturday:

7:00 a.m.- Arts and crafts/ car show set-up

8:00 a.m.- Farmer’s Market and the Kid’s Fun Area open, the Classic Car Show, 5K Run, and Arts and Crafts and Antique Tractor Show begin.

9:00 a.m.- Cullman County Museum opens and FFA West Point and Vinemont bands play.

10:00 a.m.- Wiener dog race and activities begin, and Cullman Community Band will play.

11:00 a.m.- Cullman High School Show Choir performs.

Noon- Wallace State Jazz Band performs.

Bands that will play include:

1:15 p.m.- Three on a String

3:15 p.m.- Roy Crawford and the Cullman County Bluegrass

4:30 p.m.- Mean Mary James

6:00 p.m.- The Hit Men

7:30 p.m.- Round 2

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.

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