- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) - The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will give visitors a glimpse of the past during its Spring Planting Day festival next month.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1gCIfLQ) reports the celebration will take place at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and the Lora Blevins Homestead in the Tennessee portion of the park, which is just west of Oneida.

“Spring Planting Day celebrates the early life here on the Cumberland Plateau back when it was a remote area,” said Howard Duncan, education specialist for Big South Fork. “People will be doing activities that would have been common here about 100 years ago.”

Activities at Bandy Creek will include quilting, basket weaving, embroidery and woodcarving while the homestead will feature blacksmithing, plowing with mules and horses and planting crops.

Duncan says park rangers and volunteers are working together to make the event on April 26 special for those who attend.

“We actively recruit volunteers for the event that have skills that would suit the event,” said Duncan. “Most of them are close to the park. Park rangers will be there to interact with the public and explain what the volunteers are doing.”

He said the festival has drawn large crowds in the past.

“It gives them a chance to see activities that aren’t commonplace, especially for young people who may never have seen planting crops before,” Duncan said. “It’s a really nice way to get out and visit a part of Big South Fork.”

The 125,000-acre national river and recreation area lies on the Tennessee-Kentucky border.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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