Saturday, March 16, 2013

Heritage Days Progress

     What a busy time!!  But I'm loving every minute of it!  Our Festivals & Events Committee is in the process of planning a great new festival on June 15-16.  I think I've mentioned this before.  We're calling it Heritage Days on the Old National Road.
    One of the highlights of the festival will be Clark County's very first Equine Parade.  The brochures/registration forms are printed and are being circulated.
     We also have printed and are circulating the Artist & Artisan brochures.  Anyone who has artistic goods created with their own hands is invited to have a booth at the festival and is also encouraged to demonstrate his/her work at their booths.  In addition, we have specifically invited demonstrations in blacksmithing, horse shoeing, pottery making, yarn spinning, bee keeping, bobbin lace, woodcarving, quilting, goat milking/soap making, and leather working which will be happening throughout each day.
     An Old National Road storyteller is coming on Saturday to entertain us with stories of what it was like traveling the Road, and East Woodsmen Native American re-enactors will be at the festival on Saturday and Sunday to help us to see what life was like in the 17th century.
      We have bands scheduled throughout the day Saturday and Sunday afternoon to provide music, an antique tractor show, a bike rodeo, a barrel train, and games for the kids & adults, possibly a petting zoo, a Clark County Historical Society exhibit, and an Indian teepee with other ideas being explored.  And of course what would a festival be without food vendors!!
     I have been praying for the preparations for this festival and it has been amazing to watch things unfold to enhance the schedule!  It seems that almost every day a new idea, or suggestion, or person shows up at just the right time to make it even more interesting!  So many people have volunteered their time and talent!  It is so fun!
     The past few days I've been working on a poster design for the festival so I'm going to include it in this post even though it won't have final approval till Monday night at our meeting.
   If you know of anyone who would like to participate in the Festival parade, or as a vendor, email me and I will email an electronic copy of the brochure/application to you, or if you would rather have a printed copy of either or both of the brochures, please include your home address so I can mail it to you.  Also if you would like some posters to hang up for us let me know and I'll see that you get them.  We have discovered the very best advertising seems to be "word of mouth" so we would appreciate your spreading the word that this is going to be a festival you won't want to miss!

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