Marion County is home to many unique festivals that showcase what is unique about the county. These include Buttahatchee River Fall Festival, Guin’s MayFest, Jerry Brown Arts Festival along with Winfield’s Mule Day. Additionally, Marion County was also home to Jerry Brown, who is located in the Smithsonian Museum for his interesting face jugs that were made of pottery. Beautiful nature and beautiful art, go to Marion County for a taste of both.
1. Brown and Son’s Pottery (formerly Jerry Brown Pottery), Marion
Folk potter of the 10th generation and grandson of late Jerry Brown digs his own clay on his own, process it using an electric pug mill, and then fires his creations in a kiln made of groundhogs. Crafted wares are can be purchased.
2. Buttahatchee River The Fall Festival
There is a lot to do. Buttahatchee River Fall Festival is Hamilton’s most popular festival in the fall that is held every October and offers many activities that are free for the whole family. It is organized by the Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Buttahatchee River Festival takes place as an all-day festival that offers no-cost family entertainment, including the Civil War reenactment, arts and crafts, live entertainment as well as a car and motorcycle display, a children’s zone, a tractor show that showcases antique and classic tractor engines, farm equipment, and much more.
3. Guin’s MayFest, Marion
Guin’s MayFest is the town’s annual spring celebration that takes place on the second Friday and Saturday in May. The festival features an event that includes a 5K run, a tractor pull, a dog show, and a car show, as well as arts and crafts, as well as music. Admission is free!
4. Guin Water Park
Guin’s Water Park is fun for everyone in the family! There are pools as well as a cool water slide, perfect for fun in the summer.
5. Jerry Brown Arts Festival, Marion
It is the Jerry Brown Arts Festival has been recognized for its high-quality artists and the works produced during the two-day festival that is juried. The items on offer include pottery and jewelry-making gourd art, the art of stained glass, Broom Maker’s painting, and photography.
A Kid’s Art Station is also held. It is an indoor juried art festival, which is named in tribute to Hamilton residents and Smithsonian potter Jerry Brown, who as a ninth-generation potter was honored in 1992 with the National Heritage Fellowship, and in 2003, he received the Alabama Heritage Award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Artists from all over the Southeastern United States participate in this two-day celebration of the festival’s theme of “Reflections of the South.” The organizer and organizer of JBAF are Northwest Alabama Arts Council, Inc. which is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes arts and art education.
6. Coal Fest
There is a Coal Fest in the town of Brilliant that celebrates the important coal mining event with a rich tradition. There is a display of coal mining equipment at the old depot, art and crafts, a flea marketplace and live music, a car show as well as clogging and plenty of food. Saturday and Friday prior to Memorial day.
7. Pastime Theatre
The Pastime Theatre The Pastime Theatre offers an array of artistic, musical, and educational programming for patrons of all age groups. The theater is an excellent place to entertain guests for Winfield along with the areas. Every year, a four-performance concert series is planned and available as a season package. Individual shows are also offered throughout the calendar.
A variety of events for free are planned for kids, including special films, magic shows, and storytelling. Pastime Music Revues are a series of performances and are scheduled every three to four months. In the past, there has been a range of shows at the theater, including comedians as well as storytellers, children’s theatre, and all kinds of musicians, such as classical piano, violin, Irish Tenor, folk country, rock, and roll. Broadway and nationally-known stars along with local talent were showcased.
8. Winfield’s Mule Day
It is the Winfield Mule Day Festival takes place on the Saturday of September. The fun-filled event starts on Friday night with food and crafts vendors. The parade of horses, mules, and buggies, starts Saturday morning at 11 a.m. The event will also include an actual reenactment from The Civil War in the park and a 5K fun run. There will also be an automobile show as well as vendors will be there throughout the day. Admission is free!
9. Twin Oaks Park
Twin Oaks Park in Winfield is a wonderful area for families to get together.
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