Annual festival celebration continues through 44 years

Glory To Glory gospel singers render soul grasping spirituals at annual festival.
Mrs. Claretha Gaines shares her gift of gospel singing at
Sunday’s festival
Artist Mynecia Steele applies face design to youth as mother Akira Spencer looks on.
Erica Hudson
Mynecia Steele presents award at arts drawing to
Erica Hudson for her daughter DeAngela Rogers.
Beverly Vester, center, showcases her hand made jewelry with Dorris Robinson and Allen Turner, Sr.

The Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, produced by the Society of Folk Arts & Culture, completed its 44th year of community celebration Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2019. The basic purpose of the festival is to showcase the traditions and culture of Greene County and the West Alabama region through music, crafts, foodways, reunion gatherings and fellowship.
Mr. Clarence Davis is one of few continuing blues musicians who are founders of the festival’s Ole Timey Blues Stage. He is shown in photo with Debra Eatman, festival Mistress of Order, and blues musicians Jock Webb on harmonica and Nigel Speights on guitar. This year the festival also featured a Kid’s Tent with various arts activities for the youth to engage in. Artist Mynecia Steele organized and directed the arts activities for the youth.
Shown in photo at right is Rita Sands Mahoney and husband continuing her mother’s legacy (Geraldine Sands) of preparing soul food dinners at the festival.

After 43 years, annual festival still draws huge crowd celebrating culture and tradition

Mr. Clarence Davis, Union, AL, in keeping with a longtime tradition, opened the 43rd annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival, Saturday, August 25 in Eutaw, (Greene County) AL. Davis was accompanied in his Ole Timey Blues renditions by Jock Webb on harmonica, Jontavious Willis on guitar and other bluesmen in back up. In the realm of Ole Timey Gospel on Sunday August 26, Ms.Eddie Mae Brown is joined by Glory to Glory Gospel Singers, Loretta Wilson, Kinya Isaac Turner and Kimberly Isaac Burrell as they touched the soul and spirit of the audience, lifting them to their feet in hallelujah praising. Mrs. Meloneal Hobson, of Sawyerville, AL, dazzled everyone with intricately sown quilts. Ms. Kiesha Parham made her debut at the festival with her originally designed candy apples and flavored popcorn.Jasmine Coleman, newcomer to the festival, draws attention to her original works of art. Greene County schools superintendent Dr. James Carter waits to sample the down home cooking of Ms. Rita Sands Mahoney. Mynecia Steele, second from left, with her sister DeShayla, displays t-shirts with her original designs celebrating her hometown, Eutaw. Rev. Joe N. Webb of New Generation Church leads the Men of Promise Gospel Group at the Festival’s Ole Timey Gospel Program.