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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - October 2009
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Annual Harvest Festival featured big crowd, big fun!
Tyler County Booster - October 2009

A GREAT Harvest Festival Weekend Perfect weather for a Fall Festival contributed to the success of the 21st. Annual Harvest Festival at Heritage Village Museum October 16-18. Beginning with a wonderful Kids Day on Friday with over 350 students from Lufkin, Shepherd, Woodville and several home-school groups participating, the Festival continued Saturday and Sunday with people from all parts of East Texas and Western Louisiana attending. Vendors, demonstrators and entertainers came from all directions to delight our visitors. Among the outstanding SIGHTS, SOUNDS, and SMELLS of Harvest Festival were:

• The pleasant sounds of dulcimer and acoustic music most of the day on Saturday on the Tool Room Porch.

• The sight of skilled hands making bobbin lace by members of the Dallas Lace Society.

• The smell of smoke from a cast iron wood stove making homemade apple sauce by Heritage Village Volunteers under the leadership of Peggy Burton.

• The sounds of gunfire and cannon fire from the top of the hill as the Sons of the Confederate Veterans did a Civil War Re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

• The sight of beautiful handmade pottery by Bluebonnet Pottery displayed on the rustic shelves of a log corn crib.

• The smell of antique gasoline engines puttering along - a regular display at the Harvest Festival on the hill by the Pole Barn.

• The sound of bluegrass and gospel music by the talented Walker Family, the Redhead Express all the way from Palmer, Alaska and Branson, Missouri.

• The sight of Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette as a dance volunteer with Uzori, the Russian Folk Dance group. The Judge may need a few more trips to the stage before he gets on “Dancing With The Stars”!

• The smell of Indian Fry Bread cooking for Indian Tacos prepared by members of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe The Harvest Festival is a project of the Tyler County Heritage Society under the direction of Ofeira Gazzaway, Heritage Village Museum Director. Dozens of volunteers from the Tyler County Heritage Society give of their time and resources to make this Festival a success each year. Interested participants for next year’s Festival should contact the Museum Director for volunteer opportunities.

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