Blues Fest to offer great eats, craft treats

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 19, 2006

The 2nd Annual Sweet Gum Bottom Blues Fest will offer more than just a host of talented musicians offering great blues tunes. Delicious southern foods, arts and crafts and fun kids' activities will also be offered to those attending the October 28 event in downtown Greenville.

&#8220We've got some wonderful food on tap during the blues fest,” Jill Stallworth said. Stallworth and her fellow members of the Greater Greenville Service League (the new name for the Miss Greater Greenville Scholarship Board) promise a bewitching array of tasty treats at their concession stand, which will feature a fun Halloween theme in keeping with the season.

&#8220We'll have baked sweet potatoes, fried dill pickles, smoked turkey legs, sweet tea and lemonade - and of course, our trademark fried green tomatoes, complete with our special dipping sauce. Everyone should also plan to check out the scrumptious treats at our bake sale,” Stallworth said.

The GG ladies plan to deck themselves out in their best witch costumes and offer treats and prizes to the youngsters attending the blues fest.

The Greenville High Band Boosters are also slated to be on hand with their tasty hot dogs and hamburgers for sale.

If you are craving barbeque, samples will be available of the First Annual Blues and Que cook-off teams' culinary creations. However, contest rules forbid the sale of the competitors' tasty barbeque.

&#8220Sample some ‘que early in the afternoon to whet your appetite for all the other great eats at Sweet Gum Bottom Blues Fest. We'll plan to see you there!” Stallworth said.

As always, youngsters will be able to enjoy lots of free activities including the hands-on art tent, games and rides for the kids.

An array of arts and crafts, including original art, pottery, handbags and more will also be available for shoppers.

Gates open at noon Saturday, Oct. 28 with live blues music kicking off at 2 p.m., featuring Jerry &#8220Boogie” McCain, Topper Price, Junior Thomas, Greenville's own Rock Killough, plus two bands with local ties, Sweet Lovin' Daddy and The Blue Light Specials.

 The festival takes place in the open-air area behind the Ritz Theatre. Admission is only $5. Kids 12 and under get in free. Parking is free throughout the downtown area.

&#8220It's going to be a fantastic time for all ages and we are looking forward to a great day of music, food and fun for everyone. So bring your lawn chairs, your appetites and get ready to boogie!” Nancy Idland of Greenville

Main Street said.

The Sweet Gum Bottom Blues Fest is brought to the Camellia City by Greenville Main Street, the Alabama State Council for the Arts, the City of Greenville, and numerous local sponsors. For more information, contact Nancy Idland at 354-2802, by email at, or visit