Park Host 6th Annual Spring Planting Festival
Contact: Steven Seven, 423.569.9778
Contact: Sue Duncan, 423.286.7275
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the Sixth Annual Spring Planting Day Celebration on Saturday, April 29, 2006. The event will take place in the areas adjacent to the BandyCreekVisitorCenter and the Lora Blevins home place from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
In order to better preserve the historic landscape of the Lora Blevins farmstead this year’s festival will again be held at both the Bandy Creek area and the Blevins farmstead. Most of the planned demonstrations will occur in the open areas near the Bandy Creek Visitor Center. These planned demonstrations include spinning of sheep wool, woodcarving, chair caning, soap making, and basket weaving. The Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club will also be performing throughout the day at Bandy Creek.
Demonstrations scheduled for the Blevins farm will include blacksmithing and mule and horse teams working the field and planting sorghum seed. There are also plans for a display of several kinds of farm animals at the barn, a display on herbs and their uses and a demonstration on making fence palings.
The Spring Planting Festival was begun in April of 2001 as a celebration of spring and as a cooperative effort involving our local park communities and neighbors. It has been a way to utilize our historic sites and fields within the park while preserving the cultural landscape. Visitors have an opportunity to see a bit of our ancestors’ way of making a living.
Parking for the Festival will be in the parking lots across from the BandyCreekVisitorCenter. Transportation will be available for those who choose to visit the planting site. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.
Join park staff and volunteers as they demonstrate traditional crafts and skills associated with farm life and chores. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For further information, call Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.
Did You Know?
Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.