by Wayne S.
September 18 dawned bright and cool-perfect weather for touring! And that's just what 17 NAR Members did as we met east of town to attend the 10th Annual Old Timey Craft and Bluegrass Festival at the Paint Rock Valley Lodge near Estillfork, Alabama. Tourists included Janet and Ron A. in their
1949 Ford; Maxine and Pat P. in their 1957 Chrysler;
Gene and Russell K. in Gene's
1964 Buick Riviera;
Martha and Ron D. in their 1950 Buick; Linda and Keith H. in their
Russ and Sherry L. in their
1975 Corvette; Wayne S. in his
Carolyn and David M. in their
1931 Model A; and Rob S. and Jim M. in Rob's 1966 Buick. We were given a parking area adjacent to one of the three main stages, so other festival goers had an easy walk to see our cars, which were joined in the display by several others from outside NAR.
The three music stages had different bands playing in 30-minute shifts throughout the day, and the stages were located just out of earshot of each other, so that if you didn't care for what you were hearing, you could either wait just a few minutes, or take a very short stroll, to hear another group. Away from the main stages, every porch, gazebo and shade tree had its own group of musicians playing an impromptu concert.
The Festival also hosted a fair-sized craft show and flea market, as well as a working blacksmith, beekeepers, a Civil-War cannon brigade, antique tractors, and a recreation of an Old-West gunfight.
The NAR members drifted away from the festival at various times, so there was no caravan back to Huntsville, but everyone made it home safely. The 90-mile round trip was by far the longest journey Wayne's Cadillac has undertaken, and it complained a little bit in the afternoon heat, but finally survived the trip.