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Fall festival offers fun for everyone

With weather practically made to order, plenty of artisans, vendors and shoppers alike turned out on Saturday morning to enjoy a beautiful autumn day in downtown Luverne.

It was 13 on Fifth’s Fifth Annual Fall Festival. Organizer Sherry Prevett, owner of the little antiques and collectibles shop at that address, was all smiles as she passed out door prize tickets and welcomed attendees to the event, which was, as she had promised, “bigger and better than ever.”

Musician Chris Eiland was back for the fourth time to play and sing, offering classic country tunes and acting as emcee for the event, which ran from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On two occasions, local singers brought their own talents to the microphone, surprise performances much welcomed by Prevett. “We are having a regular musical showcase today—and I love it,” she said.

An array of items, from fine art photographic prints to seasonal wood signs, silk wreaths and door hangers, jams, jellies and syrups, live plants and real pumpkins, whimsical painted furniture and décor, homemade fudge, trendy jewelry, Christmas ornaments and more were all on offer at the event, along with community awareness programs including Girl Scouts, Women of Hope and Karen Humphrey Sullins of Helping Hands Counseling.

The Crenshaw County Historical Society was also on hand offering books celebrating the county’s 200th birthday. Norma Helen’s Deli put on the dog—hot dogs, Conecuh dogs and bratwursts to be exact—for those hankering for a meal.

Holly Lowe of McKenzie made the drive to Luverne for the event and said she and her two boys had a blast.

“The boys loved the little petting zoo with the pig, the chicks and the goats,” Lowe said.

“I found the cutest sign for myself and the kids found some neat things, too. We had a great time.”

Prevett declared herself delighted with the fifth installment of the autumn event.

“I’ve certainly done well today in terms of sales. And we have seen a lot of shoppers and people leaving with bags, plants, signs, you name it. We could not have had more perfect weather,” Prevett said.

“I am so pleased with what an awesome day it’s been. It would not have been possible without all these wonderful artists and vendors and folks coming out to support them.”