‘Bernard Blues and BBQ’ deemed a success

According to planners, attendance numbers for the festival were good, despite COVID challenges. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Bernard Prep School on Sunday declared the 2020 “Bernard Blues and BBQ” festival to be a success. While attendance will not challenge any records, planners said that the numbers were satisfactory, given the challenges coming from COVID-19.

Event Coordinator Joyce Nix told The Tribune, “We had a good, steady crowd both days. It seemed to be a buying crowd. Everyone really observed the mask (policy) and kept their distance, so, you know, we had a good weekend. All out, a little windy on Sunday, a little cool, but it was perfect, a great way to finish out the fall and get ready for the holidays!”

Sweepstakes raffle winners

The festival concluded with a drawing for monetary prizes ranging from $100 to $5,000. Amelia Neece, daughter of St. Bernard alumnus Richard Neece, did the honors, drawing tickets for Fr. Joel Martin and Nix to announce.

Winners were:

  • $5,000 – Woodrow J. Soderlind of Pensacola
  • $1,000 – Mary Sue B. Pruett of Alabaster
  • $500 – Mark Little of Madison
  • $250 – Kelly Maher of Cleveland, Tennessee
  • $100 – Norman Thrash of Morris


The fundraising totals were not immediately available.

For more on St. Bernard Prep School, visit https://stbernardprep.com

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W.C. Mann