Festival remembers life in the past

By Morgan Cook

Barnardsville- People filled the Big Ivy Historical Park this past Saturday to experience the heritage of the area. The park contains a log cabin, a fire tower and a one-room schoolhouse.

There was lots to enjoy at this year’s Heritage Festival. Among the activities were craft booths filled with handmade jewelry and decorations, a food table, apple butter for sale, live music, and molasses making. Other people caned chairs, spun wool and cooked deer meat to simulate life from the mid-1800s to early 1900s.

One of the craft booths was Big Rons Jewelry & Art. The stand was run by Ron Brigman, a disabled veteran who handmakes all of the jewelry. Brigman works to create quality pieces that have a 100% guarantee.
He offered long strands of gemstone necklaces, charm bracelets, and other items. He mentioned that when he makes bracelets with big chains, he adds a smaller section to make them adjustable.

Another highlight of the day was the Emory family, who offered live entertainment. Sisters Elizabeth, 19, Abigail, 19, Hannah, 15, and Mariah, 12, sang together. Hannah played guitar while the girls sang a collection of both older and newer Christian music. The girls have been singing together for 10 years, but the other members of the family are musicians as well.
Young children and adults all sat at picnic tables, enjoying the cooler weather and entertainment while they ate their lunches. The food table offered baked goods, hotdogs, chips, and sodas.

There were also some individuals dressed up. One young man wore a Davy Crockett hat and was shooting a musket. Children watched from afar or played on the playground together. At another spot in the festival, there were men making molasses in a large iron area. One man was mixing and skimming it.

Community members expressed their excitement for the festival and desire for it to continue to grow in the community.

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