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Music and Molasses Festival Offers a Weekend of Family Fun

Thursday, October 17, 2013 | 08:54am

NASHVILLE -- The annual Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival will feature an array of events including authentic molasses-making, live music, square dancing, specialty foods and arts and crafts. The festival also includes free horse-drawn wagon rides. 

Festival exhibits will include a rare private collection of more than 10,000 butterflies and moths dating back to the 1800s, on public display for the first time ever. Children’s activities include pony rides, goat milking, meeting Smokey Bear, touring Smokey’s log cabin, climbing a fire tower and farmer-for-a-day. 

Admission is $5. Children 4 and under are free and parking is free. All proceeds go the benefit the Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which provides educational programming for adults and children on agriculture’s past, present and future.

WHO:  Artisans, demonstrators, musicians, food vendors and museum volunteers

WHAT:  Annual Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival

WHEN:  Saturday, Oct. 19 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Sunday, Oct. 20 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Ellington Agricultural Center, Nashville
10 miles south of downtown area
Accessible from Franklin Pike or Edmondson Pike.

VISUALS:   Sorghum Mill turning with draft horses
  Live music and dancing
  Farm animals
  Arts and crafts demonstrations (spinning, weaving, glass-blowing, etc.)
 10,000-specimen butterfly exhibit


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