Step Back in Time Festival is on now

Friday, September 19, 2014

Henry Horton State Park is hosting the 11th Annual Step Back in Time Festival today and tomorrow, Sept. 19 and 20. It features 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," Tennessee State Parks Chief Ranger Shane Petty said. "This is a fun, family-friendly festival and we encourage everyone to come out and join us."

The festival kicked off today at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 5 p.m. Saturday. 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, and primitive weapons. 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.