Large crowd attends Prattville Spinners Arts and Crafts show

A Pumpkin entered into the Jack-o-Lantern contest - Photo by Marc Parker
A Pumpkin entered into the Jack-o-Lantern contest - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Hundreds of people were in attendance on Saturday at Prattville’s Spinners Park to enjoy the food, activities, and exhibits at the 28th Annual Spinners “Pumpkin Patch” Arts and Crafts show.

“The turnout has been fantastic,” said Susan Kuzma of the Spinners Club. “We’ve seen a lot of people even though it has been chilly today.”

Kuzma said there were many events to interest both children and adults at the two-day arts and crafts event.

“We had a coloring contest for children, a Jack-o-Lantern contest for carved and decorated pumpkins, and several performances by different community groups,” she continued. “There were girls from the Center for the Performing Arts and from the Mann Dance Studio. We also have a car show.”

Artwork, handcrafts, Christmas decorations, pony rides, food vendors, and homemade baked goods were available for purchase.

Also on hand was A. G. Carter’s Rolling History Museum, which featured early household, farming, and personal items.

Carter, of Prattville, is one of five commissioners currently serving Autauga County, and has owned A. G. Construction Company since 1954. He has been working on the farming museum (which he calls a picture show) for about four years.

“I have everything here that your grandparents used to get you where you are today,” said Carter. “All of us came from a farm … we all lived off of the land.”

A. G. Carter's Rolling Farming Museum - Photo by Marc Parker
A. G. Carter's Rolling Farming Museum - Photo by Marc Parker

Included inside his museum were antique farming implements, cooking utensils, a basin for making lye soap, a washing board, a foot tub, and a three-legged milk stool (because it stayed balanced better than a four-legged one).

Carter also described the duties of both the men and the women during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

“Men did the hunting and the plowing,” he said. “Things haven’t changed that much since then because the women still do 75% of the work at the home, taking care of the kids, cleaning the house, and the cooking.”

On display outside of the museum was a replica of an early cart that Carter built himself over a span of two years. Carts were used for a variety of purposes and date back to the Roman Empire.

Also attending the show on Saturday were Basset Hound triplets Gingerbread, Sadie Sue, and Amber Lee. The eight and a half year old pups were dressed in fall colors and befriended all that passed by them.

The triplet’s owners, Harold and Linda Wilson of Millbrook, said that their girls never meet a stranger.

Triplet Basset Hounds Gingerbread, Sadie Sue, and Amber Lee - Photo by Marc Parker
Triplet Basset Hounds Gingerbread, Sadie Sue, and Amber Lee - Photo by Marc Parker

“I started socializing them from the day we brought them home at six weeks,” Linda said. “We bought half the litter that day and we’ve really enjoyed them.”

Wilson agreed with his wife and added, “We never had any girl kids … just two boys, so now we have our girls here. They are special to us.”

The Prattville Spinners Club sponsors the Arts and Crafts show every year and all profits from the event go to Spinners’ community projects.

Article by Melissa Parker

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