Covered Bridge Arts and Music … and rain … Fest

The Undergrounders perform during Saturday night’s Nightmare on Swamp Street event.

The Undergrounders perform during Saturday night’s Nightmare on Swamp Street event.

For the first time in recent memory, last week’s Covered Bridge Festival fell victim to wet weather. Rain moved in Friday evening and continued into Saturday morning. After the rain moved out, unseasonably cool temperatures moved in as highs during the day stayed in the 40s. That didn’t stop the festival, said Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce director Aimee Wilson, but it definitely affected the crowds that normally take in the downtown area’s offerings on festival Saturday. Crowds were good but definitely lighter than normal.

The festival standouts were the annual Pancake Breakfast, presented by the Blount County Children’s Center, and the VIP party and Nightmare on Swamp Street presented by Swamp Tails. Pancakes, heavy on the syrup, were the call for the early crowd, while the event at Swamp Tails featured plenty of costume contest participants and good food and drink and music.

Rob Rice