Henry Horton State Park to host annual ‘Step Back in Time’ festival

Friday, September 8, 2017
Youngsters at the Step Back in Time Festival at Henry Horton State Park last year try their hand at marbles. The fest this year, one of the big events on Horton’s calender, offers a wide range of fun and education on Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16.
Tribune file photo by Terence Corrigan

Henry Horton State Park will host the 14th Annual Step Back in Time Festival Sept. 15-16. The event features two days of music, food, storytellers, re-enactors and demonstrations.

“This is a fun, family-friendly festival and we encourage everyone to come out and join us.” said Henry Horton Park Manager Ryan Jenkins.

The festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. and will conclude Saturday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. There will be live entertainment at the festival each day. Other festival activities will include historical demonstrations, old-time children’s games, and primitive weapons. In addition, competitions with prizes will be held for cross cut saw, watermelon seed spitting, pumpkin carving, and animal calling. More than 30 craft vendors will also be on hand at the festival.

Friday night and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 1p.m. there will be live music at the park’s conference lodge with a $5 cover charge and a fish fry plate for $5.

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.

For more information on Tennessee State Parks, visit www.tnstateparks.com.