Mountain Property Daytrip to the Bloomin Festival
Feel Unique Amidst The Talented Artists
Bloomin Festival held in Ave Maria Grotto in the Alabama mountains offers you wonderful experience amidst
talented artists and craftsmen. It is a two-day juried arts festival that attracts more than 25,000 visitors from
all parts of the region. The Bloomin Festival is truly a special occasion for nearby Alabama residents and tourists
visiting the festival.
History of Bloomin Festival
The Bloomin Festival is held in the beautiful campus of St.Bernard Abbey and the Prep School, which is situated
absolutely adjacent to the world famous Ave Maria Grotto. Saint Bernard Abbey is a Catholic monastery of
Benedictine monks located in the Appalachian foothills of northern Alabama. The Prep School in Cullman is a private
school where teachers and students decided to showcase their community and help the school raise funds through the
annual Festival. These funds were contributed for the betterment of the school, Church and the community.
So they chose the Ave Maria Grotto, a beautiful place to hold the festival. It was a folk art park, so they
decided to host an arts festival that would attract more and more people from all parts of the region. The ambience
around St. Bernard was simply unique as the buildings were constructed of beautiful stone, which dates back to the
early and mid 1900’s. Since then, volunteers including parents, students, alumni, faculty and other friends of the
community operate the Bloomin Festival.
Activities in Bloomin Festival
In the Bloomin Festival in Ave Maria Grotto, typically more than 150 booths are filled with a variety of artists
and talented craftsmen. These artists display and exhibit their work of arts and crafts in the festival and art
lovers are warmly welcomed. Along with the variety of arts works, the programs are accentuated with performances by
musicians, kid’s activities and simply delicious Southern food. If you can visit the festival, you will be able to
view some of the region's finest arts and crafts.
The Bloomin Festival is a two-day weekend event usually held in the month of April. The name “Bloomin” has a
special significance for it depicts the blooming of beautiful Bartow during the spring season. Vibrant colors are
splashed in the park with the blooming of flowers like dogwoods and azaleas, which offer a wonderful setting to the
arts festival. There are different games and competitions held, which promise prizes of about $20,000 to the
winners and participants.
Other attractions of Bloomin Festival
Apart from these games, the festival offers a variety of entertainment, ample food and drink, an excellent quilt
show, amazing flower show and a nostalgic car show. Although most activities are repeated on both days, the car
show takes place only on the first day of the festival. The Bloomin Festival is a festive atmosphere and fun outing
for all its visitors.
The Bloomin Festival offers special discounted rates to people to visit Ave Maria Grotto. The festival is the
largest fundraiser program in the County and should be visited by all.