- Cullman, Alabama

September 2, 2013

Smith Lake Park welcomes Sweet Tater Festival

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The 17th Annual Sweet Tater Festival kicked off at its new location at Smith Lake Park on Sunday afternoon and continued into Labor Day.

Despite the venue change and high temperatures, vendors and those in attendance still said they enjoyed the festivities on Sunday bringing in homemade goodies and trinkets, music and prizes, and kiddy rides. PInson native and vendor Adam York said this was his second year to be involved with the Sweet Tater Fest and it’s one of his favorite events that he is involved in.

“This is my third favorite show to participate in each year,” York said. “We enjoy it. We had more success last year, but it’s still been fun.”

York’s stand included homemade Kettle Corn and fresh-squeezed lemonade and he received a lot of help from his family with making and selling the goods, including a big helper, his 5-year-old daughter, Haley.

“I give him the lemons to make lemonade,” Haley said. “I can take the money, too, and give them their straws.”

Haley, like many others, said she enjoyed the festival. Six-year-old Seamus Coyne traveled with his parents and younger brother to the festival from the Hoover area and said he wanted to do the pony ride while at the event.

“When we got here, that is the first thing they wanted to do was ride the ponies,” mother Jenny Coyne said. “They had never ridden one before and this was our first stop.”

 Known as the “Punkin’ Lady,” Brenda Lang of Arab enjoys making home decorations, including outdoor fall wreaths and said this was the first time she has been a vendor with the Sweet Tater Festival.

“I’ve received a lot of compliments on them and the patterns I use,” Lang said. “It’s been hot, but I’ve really enjoyed this.”

The Fowlers from Haleyville also were vendor and brought homemade lotions and soaps to the event. Susanne Fowler said has been making the products for about three years.

“The lotion works off of your body heat, you put it in your hand and let it melt a little bit, and then apply it to your hands, elbows, wherever,” she said. “A little goes a long way with the lotion. I make it all at home. This is the first time we have been vendors here, but I’ve been selling the products for about a year and a half.”

 The event was scheduled to conclue at 3 p.m. on Labor Day.

* Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.