PINEY FLATS — Sunny skies, apple butter making, apple cider pressing, and a pumpkin carving contest helped bring Rocky Mount Historic Site’s annual Harvest Festival its largest turnout in years on Saturday, site officials said.

The festival continues today. The gate opens at 10:30 a.m. and closes to end the festival at 4 p.m.

The Cobb family will receive visitors at their home (the first capital of the Southwest Territory) circa 1791, and all are invited to celebrate the season as it would have been marked back in that time.

Demonstrations will include: blacksmithing, woodworking, natural dying of textiles, and food preparation in the kitchen.

Harvest Festival 2021 at Rocky Mount Historic Site in Piney Flats, Tennessee featured demonstrations of various skills as they would have been performed circa 1791, including this woodworker in period dress.

Today’s schedule

10:30 a.m. — Gate opens

11 a.m. — Colonial church service, Mike Hennington (auditorium indoors)

12:30 p.m. — The first five registrants will begin carving their pumpkins for day two of Pumpkin Wars. A pumpkin and tools, included in the $5 fee, will be provided to each entrant. The winner will ultimately go head-to-head with Saturday’s first-place-winning pumpkin, carved by Eva Chafin.

12:30 — Chris Long will perform music (barn area)

12:30 p.m. — Andy Hare, “The Pride of EASTern Sullivan County” presentation (auditorium)

1:30 p.m. — Kids sack races (games area outside); prepping your garden for fall (auditorium)

2:30 p.m. — Mary Patton & Ladies (auditorium)

3 p.m. — Overmountain Victory Trail Association Program (auditorium)

4 p.m. — Front gate closes, event ends.

Upcoming events

Haunting on the Mount (Oct. 15-16; 22-23; 29-30).

Candlelight Christmas Tours (Dec. 3-4; 10-11).

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