By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
Hanceville’s fourth annual Mud Creek Arts and Crafts festival packed the downtown streets with attendees coming to see artwork, taste country cooking and visit the 65 vendors and their creative trinkets.
Mayor Kenneth Nail said an hour before the festival started, it was cold, rainy, and he was very nervous about the attendance.
However, his nerves quickly diminished.
“It got warmer, the sun came out, and it has turned out to be a beautiful day for a festival in Hanceville,” Nail said. “We have vendors here from all over with food, home decorations, jewelry, and the art portion of the festival was very successful.”
Among the vendors was a group from Jasper, which recently purchased a cooking business they call “Granny’s Southern” featuring fried apple and peach pies and pork rinds. On site were Ed and Rachel Frazier and Maria Minor with the sizzling country cooking.
“People or groups can hire us for a special event and we work at different festivals,” Ed said. “We’re a different kind of vendor, you don’t see many pork rind and fried pie stands.”
Former Fire Chief Richard Stimson and his wife Myra have attended all four Mud Creek festivals and said they enjoyed themselves again this year.
“It’s always fun coming out here,” Stimson said. “We’ve been coming since it began and it’s a great thing each year.”
Wallace State Art Department faculty member Adrian Scott was present for the arts and crafts festival and said they’ve had a great turnout.
“We’ve seen a lot more entries from the community and many great pieces,” Scott said.
Winner of a first and third prize, 17-year-old student Abigail McClellan said she enjoyed creating the pieces she submitted.
“I sketched mine for a friend at church and then decided to submit it; It took two days to finish it,” McClellan said. “The other is an acrylic I painted, it’s Manga (Japanese comic artwork) and I was working on the teardrops for this piece.”
Alabama Furniture Flip and Door Decor’s Heather O’Dell was present with home decorations for the entire family. Her items ranged from decorated wall art with football friendly slogans for both the Alabama and Auburn fan, seasonal decorations and holiday favorites.
Lauren Estes can be reached at email@example.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.