Greens & Beans Bluegrass Festival this Friday

The Cotton Pickin’ Kids will perform at the Greens & Beans Bluegrass Festival Friday, Oct. 14, at Depot Park. (Cullman Downtown Merchants Association / Facebook)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Downtown Merchants Association (CDMA) will host the inaugural Greens & Beans Bluegrass Festival at Depot Park Friday, Oct. 14, from 5-10 p.m., featuring bluegrass artists Cotton Pickin’ Kids, Barefoot Nellie and Cottonmouth Creek.

CDMA President Judith Caples previously told The Tribune, “Denise (Key) had been suggesting a bluegrass festival for a number of years and we all thought this was the perfect time. That gave me a mission and I ran with it. We obviously started with a Cullman favorite: the Cotton Pickin’ Kids… I went to the Alabama Bluegrass Association and started listening to some of the groups listed. That led me to Barefoot Nellie. They sounded great! They are coming to us from Chattanooga, Tennessee. From there, we decided that we needed to have three bands. Then I found Cottonmouth Creek. They come from Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. We are excited to have all of these guys.”

Cotton Pickin’ Kids take the stage at 5 p.m. Friday. Cottonmouth Creek will be preforming around 6:30 and Barefoot Nellie will perform at 8.

In addition to live music, the festival will have food and craft vendors. The Cullman County Wranglers will display Jeeps. There will be rides and bouncy houses for the kids. The German Axe Throwing Co. plans to bring its mechanical bull.

The Cullman County Cornhole Club will host a cornhole tournament at the Festhalle  starting at 6. Registration is from 4:45-5:45. The social division is $30 per team, and teams use house bags. The competitive division is $40 per team, and teams use their own bags.

Sponsors of the festival include Freedom Insurance, Denise Key CPA, A Touch of German, Cullman Quick Copy, White Willow, Mavens & Makers and Village Furniture.

Caples added, “This event is sponsored solely by merchants in Cullman, by the people, for the people.”

The CDMA is a nonprofit organization established to bring people downtown to promote growth for small businesses. It is made up of businesses all over Cullman County.

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