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April 21, 2013

Bloomin’ Festival continues to grow, surprise

There’s seems to be something for everyone at the Bloomin’ Festival, with vendors selling foods like strawberry waffles, kettle corn, and Monk bread, and booths offering great buys on pottery, purses, and artwork. But, for 11-year vendor Lynn Weiss, his tent of Bavarian artwax is a rare find.

Weiss, of Rocky Face, Georgia, said the Festival has grown each year, but he’s been able to maintain his spot as a vendor.

“We make the art wax, do our own casting, go through all the finishing steps, and then select the plaques that we do,” Weiss said. “We also frame custom made shadow boxes and we do our own framing.”

Weiss was one of many attending and working the 2013 Bloomin’ Festival as it kicked off Saturday morning, and will continue on Sunday, hosting people from all over to enjoy a fun-filled, family friendly day at Saint Bernard.

First-timer Julianne Powell of Birmingham said when she walked through the gate to enter the festival, she told her kids "we are coming back next year."

“We’ve seen a lot of arts and crafts that I will have to go back and take a second look at,” Powell said. “I want to get a Mother’s Day present while I’m here, so that’s something I’m keeping in mind.”

Many attendees come back, year-to-year, which is the case for 86-year-old Ann Paige, who is a resident of Memphis and said she cannot leave without visiting the Soap Palette.

Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, éxt. 270.

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