Sunny with a chance of goose bumps

COVERED BRIDGE FESTIVAL: IT’S THIS SATURDAY, FOLKS

From left, Jeremy Lesley and Randy Beason of the Jeremy Lesley Band, a staple of the Covered Bridge Festival, epitomize the spirit and sense of fun of the annual fall classic, now in its 30th year.

From left, Jeremy Lesley and Randy Beason of the Jeremy Lesley Band, a staple of the Covered Bridge Festival, epitomize the spirit and sense of fun of the annual fall classic, now in its 30th year.

There’ll be a mid-50sdegree nip in the air, but it’ll be a perfect, bracing fall day for Blount County’s biggest annual festival.

When you think about it, this is exactly the weather you’d order for such a celebration. Perfect day for a 5K and fun run. You can actually breathe – go for a record time! Perfect day for a river walk between two of the county’s premium attractions – Swann Covered Bridge and Powell Falls, with all the pageantry and spicy fragrance of autumn. Perfect morning for eating pancakes, because your appetite will be on steroids. Perfect for – well, you get the idea.

Here’s a quick glimpse of all the activities and logistics the weather will be perfect for. Thursday, Oct. 24

Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks. 7 p.m. at The Depot behind the swimming pool at Jack’s in Oneonta. Alabama geologist Jim Lacefield updates his book of the same title, now out in its second edition. He describes in a slide show how the Locust Fork River’s entrenched meanders literally qualify it for the description “older than the hills.” Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday., Oct. 26

Quilters Guild annual quilt show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Quilters Cottage at Palisades Park. The cottage is chock full of quilts and related handmade items showcasing Blount County quilters and some of their colleagues statewide. Fundraiser is excellent source of Christmas presents, also a source of scholarships for Blount County high school students. Saturday, Oct. 26

30th annual Covered Bridge Arts and Crafts Show. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on main street, downtown Oneonta. More than 100 vendors selling jewelry, artwork, wood products, clothing of all kinds, and much more (another nifty-gifty Christmas present venue). LOTS OF FOOD. Meet Miss Covered Bridge (and Miss Alabama entrant) of 2014, Rebecca Long of Hayden. Take in the entertainment. Hang out. Have a ball.

Classic car show. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking area behind main street. The always reliable Crossroads Cruisers stage the show complete with music, door prizes, and several cars.

Pancake breakfast. 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Saturday: a legacy Covered Bridge event held annually in the fellowship hall at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, sponsored and served by the Blount County Children’s Center. $5 a plate and free, live entertainment by Neely Arts Center students. Proceeds benefit worthiest of causes: the work of The Children’s Center.

River walk. 9 a.m. rendezvous Saturday at Tonka Cash and Carry (Shell station) at the junction of Ala. 160 and Ala 79 in Cleveland, then on to Swann Bridge. Friends of the Locust Fork will lead the annual hike to Powell Falls on the Locust Fork. Three-hour round-trip hike of moderate difficulty.

5K and 1-mile Fun Run. 8 a.m. race begins at The Gym, across from Oneonta High School. Pre-registered entrants pick up packets at The Gym on Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Race day registration at 7 a.m. Saturday. (205) 625-5060 or www.- thegym-oneonta.com for details.

Living history. New event! 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: living history event focusing on Bear Meat Cabin Village at Blountsville Historical Park on U.S. 231 north of Blountsville. Music, campfire cooking, historic building tours, history lessons, talk with “original” settlers, negotiate with the Indians. Free except for gift shopping.

Terror in the stacks. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The Oneonta Library has been refitted as a “haunt” of ghosts. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Tricks and treats outside.