Another Covered Bridge Festival has come and gone and it’s past time we honor the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and executive director Aimee Wilson.
This year’s festival was bigger and better than ever and that’s because of the work that Aimee and her seemingly endless number of volunteers put in. This thing doesn’t come together overnight and, yet, it always seems to run smoothly with very few hiccups or rough spots. At least none that are obvious to the casual observer.
This year’s list of events saw the return of the Covered Bridge Run – way to go Community Arts Council for bringing that back – and even more participation from vendors that lined Main Street. The car show seemed to be bigger than ever and the food and kids area was packed with festival attendees. The entertainment, as always, was top notch.
I also have to mention the Downtown Dinner. No, it’s not connected to the Covered Bridge Festival but everyone who attended last Tuesday’s event was treated to something wonderful and new and I hope this becomes an annual event.
The food was outstanding (special thanks to Wallace State’s culinary department, Lee Alexander from Charlie B’s, and Samantha Butler from Wood Fire Grill), the servers were energetic and friendly and the decorations from the lights strung across the street to the table settings (courtesy of Ricky Hicks at Hicks Floral Designs) were absolutely perfect.
My expectations were already high for this event but they were exceeded many times over. Bravo to Aimee and her board of directors for trying something new… it definitely paid off.
I’m already looking forward to the next chance to eat on the street – although that sounds funny when I put it that way.