Surgoinsville Elementary School hosted a heritage fair Friday where, among other things, students learned how early settlers hunted for food and clothing. The even coincides with the Surgoinsville Bicentennial celebration this weekend. (photo by Jeff Bobo
(Scroll down for a video and photo gallery from Friday's Heritage Fair at Surgoinsville Elementary.)
SURGOINSVILLE — The Riverfront Festival this weekend will focus on Surgoinsville’s Bicentennial, but local students got a head start on the festivities Friday with a day-long heritage fair held at Surgoinsville Elementary School.
Surgoinsville’s charter was filed in Nashville in 1815, and Friday’s heritage fair at SES was intended to give students a glimpse at what life was like for early settlers of that time.
Among the demonstrators was a blacksmith,who was making horseshoes, and brought a horse along as a visual aid.
A taxidermist also set up a booth and talked to children about hunting, and how early settlers not only got their food from wild animals, but also clothing.
Students also learned about how it is sometimes necessary to hunt wild animals when they become overpopulated so that they species can stay healthy.
There were also crafts demonstrations, such as making wraths from vines; and a “cow” demonstrator that gave children an idea what it feels like to milk a cow.
A couple of “pickers” also entertain students with some of the songs early settlers might have listened to, played of the same kind of instruments the settlers would have played.
The Riverfront Festival kicked of Friday evening with a parade and block party held at the Riverfront Park.
Beginning at noon Saturday there is a full day of activities and music at the Riverfront Park, but the main event begins at 3 p.m.
That’s when the Surgoinsville Bicentennial recognition program takes place, featuring special guests Marvin and Jim Surguine, who are direct descendents of Surgoinsville founder Major James Surguine.
The festival concludes Saturday night with a fireworks exhibition that begins at 9:40 p.m.
The Surgoinsville Riverfront Festival entertainment scheduled for Saturday includes:
Noon: Music provided by G. C. Matlock
2:00 - Music – Fran Howard
3:00 - Surgoinsville Bicentennial recognition program
4:00 - Flag Retirement and Veterans Honored
5:00 - Morissa Rogers Jazz Band
6:00 - Joey Strickler
7:00 - Brian Burchfield
8:15 - Tennessee Skyline Bluegrass
9:30 - $500 Grand Prize Drawing
9:40 - Fireworks