School officials at St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman were elated with the 28th Annual Bloomin’ Festival. Threats of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the school community as they hosted one of the best festivals to date.
Festival director, Joyce Nix awoke Saturday morning and headed straight for the computer to check weather radar. “When I checked the weather, Cullman was in a dry pocket with rain all around us. After seeing that, I knew God had answered prayers again. We had cooler weather with some wind but thankfully no rain!”
Visitors expressed their delight in the show by stating the quality of the arts and crafts was superb. Monk’s Bread was a huge hit as festival goers stood in line for fresh monk’s bread and rye bread.
Br. Thomas Jones was swamped by the attention received from monk’s bread. “We got an early start and could have sold thousands more. Hopefully next year we can have more prepared ahead of time.”
The artisans were very pleased with the outcome of the two day event. Billy and Peggy Goodman, who have been with the festival for at least 15 years said it was their best show ever. “Our birdhouses went like hotcakes.”
Janice Beck of Boca Raton, Florida was elated with her outstanding weekend by selling four original paintings on Saturday alone. “Just hours after the festival director posted a photo on facebook of me with my newest painting, a patron brought the photo to my booth and purchased the painting.”
Visitors enjoyed a wide variety of live demonstrations from glass blowing, broom making, blacksmithing, and a working grist mill where hot cakes were being made.
Completing the festival was the giveaway of some fabulous prizes. The winners were as follows:
2012 Jeep Patriot – Mr. Richard Zimmer - Villa Hills, KY
2 nights at Zoder’s Inn – Gatlinburg, TN – Kathy Nequett - Birmingham, AL
Panasonic Lumix Camera – David Locker – Florence, AL
Magellan Road Mate GPS? – William L. Roach – Birmingham, AL
George Forman Grill – Ralph Nix – Mandeville, LA
Saint Bernard wishes to thank all who helped make this festival a huge success. The 29th Annual Bloomin’ Festival will be held on April 20-21, 2013. Follow the festival at www.facebook.com/bloominfestival.