Bridges to Bar-B-Que

ONEONTA, Ala. (WBRC) - With three covered bridges still in existence, Blount County carries the title of Covered Bridge Capital of Alabama, and as a tribute to its roots, a one-day festival is held every year in downtown Oneonta. Set for Saturday, October 8, 2022, the Covered Bridge Festival offers plenty of family fun including a quilt show, arts and crafts, a rib cook-off, car show, live music, great food, self-guided covered bridge tours 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. Festival goers can also check out an assortment of makes and models of cars, trucks, farm tractors, first responder vehicles and motorcycles at the Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The second annual Rib Rally, now sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Association, returns to the Covered Bridge Festival and determines who can barbeque the best ribs. Kids ages 10 to 18 years old can participate by competing in the first ever burger cookoff. Grilling teams must present their ribs for judging by 12 p.m. and gates will open at 12:30 p.m. for the public to sample the ribs. Cost is $2 per rib to sample. All proceeds from the event go to the Oscar Bothwell Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information on the Rib Rally or to register a team, call 205-353-8404 or email

Before heading to the festival, stop by the pancake breakfast at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, benefiting the Children’s Center, from 7 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person.

Sponsored by the Blount County Quilters Guild, a quilt show is scheduled for October 7 and 8 at Palisades Park in Oneonta from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, visit

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Fred Hunter

Fred Hunter

WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Fred Hunter was born in Alabama in the historic town of Ft. Payne. He has lived, attended school, raised his family and worked in the South all his life.