CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association    
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Covered Bridge Festival Returns to Oneonta October 26

Decatur, Ala. – With three covered bridges still in existence, Easley, Horton Mill, and Swann Covered Bridges, Blount County carries the title of Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama. As a tribute to its roots, a one-day festival is held every year in Oneonta. Set for October 26, 2019, the Covered Bridge Festival offers free family fun including a guided river walk, a pancake breakfast, quilt show, arts and crafts, kid’s activity tent, car show, live music, great food and more.

The highlight of the Covered Bridge Festival is the arts and crafts show located in downtown Oneonta’s entertainment district. Throughout the day, festivalgoers can peruse the booths of vendors selling an assortment of homemade items, handmade jewelry, artwork, wood creations and more.

Additional entertainment slated throughout the day include a car show, live music and a kid’s activity tent with plenty of activities including balloon art and face painting for the young ones to enjoy. For the early risers, the Blount County Children’s Center will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 108 Third Avenue East.

Sponsored by the Blount County Quilters Guild, a quilt show is scheduled for October 25 and 26 at Palisades Park in Oneonta from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, visit  
In conjunction with the Covered Bridge Festival, the Friends of the Locust Fork River will lead its annual River Walk on October 26 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The guided hike travels from Swann Covered Bridge to Powell Falls and back. The hike is of moderate difficulty and takes about three hours round trip. For more information, call Stephen Guesman at 205.909.6231or visit

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the Covered Bridge Festival, visit its Facebook page at or call the Chamber office at 205.274.2153. 
About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state.  It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at