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Step Back in Time at Henry Horton State Park

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 05:25am

10th Annual Fall Festival Slated for Sept. 20-21

CHAPEL HILL, Tenn. – Henry Horton State Park will host the 10th Annual Step Back in Time Festival Sept. 20-21, featuring two days of music, food, storytellers, re-enactors and demonstrations.

“We are very excited about this year’s Step Back in Time Festival, including the lineup of very talented artisans and entertainers,” said Shane Petty, chief ranger for Tennessee State Parks.  “This is a fun, family-friendly festival and we encourage everyone to come out and join us.” 

The festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. and will conclude Saturday, Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. Chief Ranger Petty added that while both days are open to the public, Friday is being billed as a special school day. “We encourage local teachers and schools to take advantage of this educational opportunity to see history in action.”

There will be live entertainment at the festival each day. Other festival activities will include sheep dog demonstrations, horse-mounted shooters, old-time children’s games, bee keeping, log cabin building demonstrations, primitive weapons, Native American culture and a history scavenger hunt that is cut through native grass. In addition, competitions will be held for cross cut saw, watermelon seed spitting and animal calling. Over 40 craft vendors will also be on hand at the festival.

Henry Horton is a 1,532-acre state park with four hiking trails, featuring an abundance of wildlife such as wild turkey, deer and many kinds of wildflowers. The park offers hours of family enjoyment whether it's swimming, fishing along the Duck River, playing volleyball or basketball or just having a picnic.  Henry Horton State Park also is well known for its championship 18-hole golf course, inn and cabins, campgrounds and trap and skeet range. For more information about the park, please call the park office at (931) 364-2222 or visit www.tnstateparks.com/HenryHorton.   

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