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Rain can’t dampen Mud Creek Arts and Crafts Festival

Wood carvings for sale at one of the many vendor booths at the Mud Creek Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday in Hanceville (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE - The ninth annual Mud Creek Arts and Crafts Festival took place in Hanceville Saturday. Started almost a decade ago by late Hanceville Councilwoman and Civitan Joann Walls, when it was encouraged by the state of Alabama for small towns to participate in “small towns downtown,” the festival features local and visiting vendors and artists.

While vendors set up tents in the rain, Hanceville Civitan Club President Brenda Carter said with a smile, “We’ll have this rain or shine. It’s been nine years since it has last rained on the festival, too.”

Civitan International is a global nonprofit organization based in Birmingham dedicated to serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It supports the Civitan International Research Center in Birmingham that, according to Carter, “does international research on “stem cells, spinal cord injuries and things like that.” The Hanceville Civitans sponsor the Mud Creek Arts and Crafts Festival, as well as other Hanceville events like the Christmas parade and the Tinsel Trail at Veterans Park. They also support other events to benefit the community and raise money for scholarships for Hanceville High School students.

Carter has been president of the Hanceville Civitans since the sixth annual Mud Creek festival. Funds raised at the festival and the nearby German lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church support the music, art and drama programs at Hanceville Schools.

Carter was happy with Saturday’s attendance in light of the wet morning weather.

“We’re so thankful our vendors have come,” she said.

Of the festival’s importance, she smiled, “It brings people to downtown Hanceville to see what we have to offer here.”

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