With three covered bridges still in existence, Easley, Horton Mill, and Swann Covered Bridges, Blount County carries the title of Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama, and as a tribute to its roots, a one-day festival is held every year in Oneonta. Held in October, the Covered Bridge Arts and Music Fest offers free family fun including a guided river walk, an arts and crafts show, a car show, a Kid’s Zone, live music and food.
The highlight of the annual event is the Arts and Crafts Show located in downtown Oneonta. Throughout the day, festivalgoers can peruse hundreds of vendors selling an assortment of homemade items, handmade jewelry, artwork, wood creations, and more. As festivalgoers shop for unique gifts and treasures, live music fills the air. For the early risers, the Blount County Children’s Center will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 108 Third Avenue East.
In conjunction with the Covered Bridge Festival, the Friends of the Locust Fork River will lead its annual River Walk on the same day as the festival beginning at 9 a.m. The guided hike travels from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls and back where fall foliage is reaching its peak. The hike is of moderate difficulty and takes about three hours round trip. For more information, visit www.friendsofthelocustforkriver.org.