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April 28, 2014

34th ABS Homespun unspools May 2-3

— The 34th annual Homespun Craft and Vendor show will soon make its way back to Athens Bible School.

The festival opens at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2 and continues Saturday, opening at 9 a.m.

Started in 1979, the event will feature more than 50 vendors offering a wide variety of items like children’s clothing, art, jewelry, woodworking, plants, hair bows, china, floral arrangements, wreaths, candles, soaps, children’s books, rod iron items, pottery, birdhouses, sketch artists and Amish furniture.

The festival began as craft festival, which is how Homespun got its name.

It has grown to include a variety of items and food vendors selling barbecue ribs, pulled pork, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, shaved ice, corn dogs, lemonade, fried Oreos and more.

Athens Bible’s junior class will be manning the grill Friday and Smoking Chief barbecue plates will be available Saturday.

Admission and parking are free. Proceeds from the event go to Athens Bible School.

“We always look forward to the spring show,” said Homespun Booth Coordinator Gayle Hagewood. “It’s always held the weekend before Mother’s Day and it’s a great time to pick up a nice Mother’s Day gift.

Carter’s Nursery will set up a plant sale on the grounds, according to Hagewood.

Robbie Tucker will bring along some of her plants and wares as well. The avid gardener and crafter has been setting up a booth at Homespun for more than 30 years. Last year was the first year she missed. Her grandson was getting married the same weekend.

Tucker is looking forward to the two-day festival. On Friday, she was in her gardens digging plants and getting ready for the event. She plans to bring along aprons, her famous jumbo Christmas stockings, plants, seeds and more.

“I enjoy seeing everyone and watching them find the things they enjoy,” said Tucker.  “Homespun brings the community out. You see people that come back year after year.”

Emily Woodward of Gardendale and her mom Cindy Davidson of Hartselle will set up at Homespun for the first time this year. Woodward makes wooden door hangers and her mom creates both burlap and wood pallet door hangers.

Woodward can remember attending Homespun as a child. She had friends who attended Athens Bible and always enjoyed the two-day festival.

“I’m excited,” she said. “This is my very first craft show. It’s a lot of work, but we are hoping for a good turnout.”

Homespun has changed over the years, according to Carter. But she believes it’s always a great way to bring the community together and enjoy the shopping atmosphere that vendors and crafters create.

To find out more about Homespun, call Athens Bible School at 256-232-3525 or email


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