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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Choice of History Fun this Weekend.

July 25th, 2014 1:00 pm by Ned Jilton

Looking for some history to enjoy this weekend? You have a choice of eras to choose from, time of the Pioneers or the Civil War.

Crafts and skills of the pioneers along with the traditions they brought across the mountains will be celebrated Saturday, July 26, as Warriors Path State Park presents their annual Folk Life Festival.

Enjoy learning and seeing traditional crafts such as weaving, woodcraft, apple butter making, spinning and basketry. Visit the Pioneer encampment set-up by the Warriors' Path Muzzle Loaders from Kentucky and learn about primitive cooking, tomahawk throwing and fire building in addition to other skills needed on the frontier.

At noon visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy Native American flute, story telling and more with the Little Deer Intertribal Dancers. Old Timey schoolyard games will be held at 11 am with a greased watermelon race later in the afternoon at 4pm.

If you want to sit back under a shade tree and listen to traditional tunes the Folk Life Festival is featuring plenty of music from 1pm to 8:30pm, with country music by Southern Country, bluegrass music by Alexander Creek, fiddle and songs by the Bluebirds, folk music by The Malones, "Can Joe" music by Can-Joe John, old time fiddle and banjo by Low Tide Henry followed by eclectic old-time duets with The Blue Ridge Entertainers.

The festival wraps up with campfire tales of local legends and scary stories starting at 8:30 pm.

All the events at the Folk Life Festival are free and will be held in the park's Open Air Chapel area in the field between the pool parking lot and the campground starting at 10am through the end of the storytelling that night

If the Civil War is more your thing check out the Skirmish at Brooks Farm both Saturday and Sunday in Carter County just outside of Elizabethton. The skirmish takes place on the actual site of the formation of Company C of the 59th TN by Reuben Brooks Jr. and his two sons, Captain James Brooks and 2nd Lt. William Brooks in 1862 and will feature an evening battle on Saturday and an afternoon battle on Sunday as well as historical demonstrations through-out the day.

To get to the skirmish take highway 91, (Stoney Creek Highway), from Elizabethton to mile marker #9 then turn right on Blue Springs Rd and the skirmish should be a quarter-mile on the left, 1548 Blue Springs Road.

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