The 29th Annual Bloomin’ Festival may have had a chilly start, but the art-filled weekend at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman, Alabama created the perfect setting for a warm welcome to the thousands in attendance.Festival Director, Joyce Nix said, “I was very pleased with this year’s event. We worked extremely hard to make sure we had artists of exceptional quality who came to exhibit at the festival. In addition, the visitors who attended this year’s show had the opportunity to speak with the artists and learn about their craft. Our volunteers did a great job in welcoming our guests to the campus as well as to the City of Cullman.”
Dr. Nancy Thornton had this to say about the Festival Director and in particular about the quality of work displayed. “My mother is a well- known Western artist and does many juried shows in addition to her own gallery. She commented that your careful selection of talent made the show a serious regional event. Quality not quantity. Your leadership is to be commended and special thanks given to all of the volunteers.”Saturday morning St. Bernard held a 5K/10K run. St. Bernard students, Will Faulk, was the overall 10K winner, and Seamus Russell was overall 5K winner. Jaden Edge was the female winner in 5k , while Ayleana Mami finished 2nd in the 10K female division.
The master’s winners in the 5K were Eric Fillinger and Shannon Barnett both of Cullman. The 10K overall female winner was Jenna Woodruff of Cullman. The master’s winners in the 10K were Kelly Lambert (female) of Cullman and Stan Johnson (male) of Moulton. A complete listing of times can be found at www.bloominfestival.com.Winners of the prize giveaway were as follows: Mike Latham of Birmingham – took the first prize of a 2013 Jeep Patriot; Mary Beckman of Killen, AL won a Kindle Fire HD; Carmelita Watts of Tuscaloosa won a Canon Camera; Lydia Caballo of Tampa, FL received a Garmin GPS; and Linda Mitchell of Centre, won the IPod Shuffle.
Fr. Marcus Voss, OSB Development Director for St. Bernard said the school utilizes the proceeds from the festival to do the work of education. “We appreciate everyone who made a donation to our program to make the weekend such a success.”Festival dates for next year have been set for April 5-6, 2014. Keep up to the minute by “liking” Bloomin’ Festival on facebook.