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April 17, 2013

Annual Bloomin’ Festival Saturday

Saint Bernard will have 150 vendors coming from ‘everywhere’ on April 20 for the 2013 Bloomin’ Festival.

The weekend of family fun will have activities, concessions, demonstrations and give-aways during the two-day event. Marketing and Public Relations representative for Saint Bernard Joyce Nix said this is her 29th year heading up the event.

“It’s going to be a great outing for the whole family,” Nix said. “We will have a lot of vendors and many demonstrations- grinding corn, a glass blower, broom maker, a honeybee farm where people can see and purchase the honey and lots of concessions like fresh lemonade, kettle corn, monk bread and it’s all outside.”

Participants can expect to see jewelry, adult and children’s clothing, pottery, bird feeders and more being sold by the vendors. Nix said the local Boy Scouts will be there to assist buyers to their cars with their packages.

“The young and old alike are fascinated by all the live demonstrations and it’s just a good fun outing,” Nix said. “This is also the one weekend we have specialty monk bread for sale.”

One of those venders is a first-timer at the festival, Wayne Hostetter from Guntersville, who makes different types of wood furniture.

“I make items out of drift wood and also wood that I find locally,” Hostetter said. “I make mirrors, lamps, coffee tables, candle holders, headboards, a lot of different stuff.”

Saint Bernard Alum Sadie Jones Sams said she has been attending the festival nearly every year since she graduated from the Prep school in 2006.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful festival- the vendors are incredible, they have the most unique crafts,” Sams said. “When you buy from the vendors, you’re buying a little piece of them. The monk’s bread is delicious, very popular and overall it’s wonderful place to take your family and friends.”

Admission is a $5 donation at the door, but children five and under are free. Parking is available and also free. Pets will not be allowed at the festival.

“We’ll be giving away a 2013 Jeep Patriot on Sunday afternoon, as well as, a Kindle Fire, Garmin GPS, iPod Shuffle, and a Canon digital camera,” Nix said. “We want to thank our sponsors for helping us make this happen, getting the word out and sharing with our community.”

For more information and a complete list of vendors, please visit bloominfestival.com, or at Facebook.com/BloominFestival. Joyce Nix can also be reached at 256-255-5860.



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

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