SpringFest weathers the rain

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“There will be sunshine after the rain” and the sun did shine on SpringFest in Brundidge Saturday. The clouds broke and the sun came out early to provide a near-perfect weather day for the Brundidge Business Association’s annual arts and crafts festival.

“Saturday turned out to be a great day for SpringFest but, because of the early morning rain, a lot of our vendors didn’t show up,” said Dixie Shehane, event coordinator. “Evidently, they thought SpringFest had been cancelled. But the vendors who came said they had a good day and they were happy. We appreciate the vendors who came and made SpringFest 2017 a success and all of those who came out in support of these vendors and our community.

“Brundidge is a unique town, — a main street town – with caring and loving people. It’s wonderful to see people from around the county and beyond take part in the events we have. We thank them all.”

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Shehane said she has received many positive comments about the entertainment for this year’s SpringFest.

“Lenny Trawick and his daughter, Amanda, and, student Cathy Stockstill, and John Weaver, Otha Allen, the PCHS Jazz Band and the Baton Company from the Troy Recreation Center kept us well entertained,” she said. “The food was great and we always enjoy the fellowship of our friends and neighbors.”

SpringFest was honored to have many familiar faces among its vendors and proud to welcome new vendors.

John Richardson has been carving signs for “neigh about 40 years” and he said rain never keeps him away from a festival. Of course, he said that while high and dry in the “rig” on wheels that he designed and built himself.

“I had a good day at SpringFest, a good sales’ day but even if I don’t sell a thing, I have a good day because I just like talking with folks,” he said. “I think a lot of us crafters are like that.”

Richardson drew a crowd with his tale of how he got in the carved sign business. His mama thought he had a talent and she had a cow. So, they went to a show. He made signs and she milked her cow and churned butter.

“Why, we were so poor and hungry that we went to Kentucky Fried Chicken and licked people’s fingers,” he said, with a deadpan face. “I have a good time wherever I go.”

SpringFest is an annual fun time for everyone and a fundraiser for the BBA. The Cow Patty Drop is an added attraction that puts money in the BBA’s coffer in support of other events.