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Residents invited to go back in time

Residents invited to go back in time

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 9:21 pm

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Time stands still for Ridgemont Elementary School and its Parent-Teacher Organization.
And the community is invited to step back in time and be a part of the fun when the 17th annual Spring Heritage Days folk festival is staged April 23-24 at the Obion County Fairgrounds in Union City.
The festival features authentic old-time skills and crafts, providing “a unique historical, educational and entertaining glimpse into everyday skills of years past,” according to Ridgemont principal Randy Pitts.
The event will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days, with many area school groups expected to visit on the Friday of the festival’s two-day run. Admission is $3 per person.
Among the nearly 100 old-time skills to be demonstrated will be broom making, blacksmithing, quilting, flint knapping, leather work, sheep shearing, spinning, wood carving, soap making, weaving, rug making, dutch oven cooking, dulcimer making, basket making, shaker box construction and dozens of others. Many crafters and artisans will have handmade items for sale to the public.
Pitts said a variety of unique activities is scheduled for children, and special music both days will include entertainment from local bluegrass, country and gospel groups. The Obion County Children’s Chorus is expected to perform at noon April 23, while entertainment on April 24 will include Jargon at 10 a.m., an old-fashioned brush arbor service featuring Sunswept Baptist Church members at 11, the Fieser Family Fiddlers at noon, the Tennessee Hilltoppers at 1 p.m. and Highway 54 at 2.
Displays are slated to include handcrafted toys, a handcrafted replica of the Alamo, period clothing, old tools and quilt show entries, as well as an historical display from the Civilian Conservation Corps at Montgomery Bell State Park, antique “hit and miss” engines, antique tractors and cars.
The activities April 24 will include a demonstration of primitive skills, herb and organic gardening demonstrations, antique tractor competitions and a parade of antique tractors and cars. The antique engine, car and tractor show is expected to draw many exhibitors, with awards to be presented in several divisions and special categories.
Culinary delights are expected to include a country kitchen featuring wood-stove cooked food, a Mexican restaurant, fried catfish and trimmings, hand-cranked ice cream and a concession stand with a variety of treats. Pitts emphasized fish fries will be held both days and said local residents may wish to purchase their lunches from the festival.
“You are encouraged to mark your calendars and plan to be a part of this opportunity to relive the ways of the past,” Pitts said.
For more information, call the school at 536-5171. (Editor’s note: The school is closed this week for spring break.)
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.12.10

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