Blakeley Bluegrass Festival
Slated for Saturday, Nov. 1
Blakeley State Park continues its 25-year-old traditional Blakeley Bluegrass Festival outdoors under 300-year-old oak trees Saturday, Nov. 1 with continuous performances by leading Gulf Coast artists.
Scheduled in past years for late September or early October, the Festival date was changed this fall to the first Saturday of November in the expectation of cooler weather and to dodge BayFest that had in recent years moved to that weekend, according to Jo Ann Flirt, park director.
Performers include the Unknown Bluegrass Band, McPherson Family Band also known by its label, Bay City Bluegrass, and Alabama Gentlemen who played their band into popular position several yeas ago when they won the competition for best band at the Blakeley festival.
Gates open at 9 a.m., music begins at 10 a.m. and continues until late afternoon with each band playing two sets allowing visitors either to stay all day as many do or spend three or four hours and still enjoy all three bands. Gayle Decker is back in her popular role as mistress of ceremonies.
Festival-goers are allowed to bring their own coolers with picnic lunch and drinks or may buy hamburgers, chips and soft drinks from the Blakeley Park concession wagon manned by park staff and volunteers. All proceeds go to operation of the park. Pets on leash are welcome.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for kids up to 6. Admission includes free parking near the festival held in a beautiful outdoor setting which once served as the Blakeley town square when the 1814 town was at its peak.
Blakeley Park is located on State Hwy. 225 about 4.5 miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. The park also offers camping in either its tent or its RV campground. For more information call 251-626-5581 or go to www.blakleypark.com.
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Blakeley Residents Spotted
Visitors to Blakeley State Park with patience can see wildlife like this young mother raccoon and two of her four babies exploring the Washington Square picnic area this week (Aug. 24) She is leading them down from one of the park's huge, old oak trees. Click here to view the photo. (Photo by Jo Ann Flirt)
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