FERGUSON — The annual Daniel Boone Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Whirppoorwill Academy and Village in Ferguson.
The famed frontiersman had two home sites in Ferguson — called the Yadkin Valley in the 1700s — and another site that is now under the Kerr Scott Reservoir.
Activities at this festival include live music by Chad Richie and Linda Cabe, The Ralston Family Band, Doug Davis on the mountain dulcimer, Jack Thompson and Friends and Andy Trivette.
Blacksmith Dink Tharpe will be demonstrating his craft. Melissa Williams also will be cooking from the hearth in the Daniel Boone cabin — a replica of one that Boone had in Ferguson with the actual stones from his fireplace and chimney.
Videos about Daniel Boone by the late Edith Carter will be shown. Debby Stone will be demonstrating how to use the old time spinning wheel. There will be an art exhibit, “Where the Wild Things Are,” in the Smokehouse Gallery by Tim Larson of Hickory and Carole Childers of Lenoir.
Horse drawn carriage rides will be available, and an art tent will be at the village for children.
Old time games and contests will also be a part of the day. Home cooked food by Dawn Matthews and family will be available for purchase as well as ice cream by Sharon Skinner.
Admission cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children between the ages of 6-12. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. This event will take place rain or shine. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
Whippoorwill Academy and Village is located at 11928 N.C. Hwy. 268 West in Ferguson. For more information, call (336) 973-3237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.