Historical society announce 43rd annual Historical Fair

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Special to the Opelika Observer

The Lee County Historical Society has announced the date of the 43rd Annual Historical Fair at Pioneer Park in Loachapoka. The always-anticipated event is set for Oct. 18.

According to a press release from the Society, “Historical re-enactors will demonstrate arts and crafts and teach the history of life in East Alabama during the early days. Watch the blacksmith in the forge, spinners, weavers and quilters in the Trade Center, basketry and pottery and other craft demonstrations on the grounds.”

Demonstrations by skilled workers won’t be the only attractions of the day.

“Taste traditional – and delicious – foods,” the release says, “such as sweet potato biscuits, sausage and fritters, camp stew and barbeque.”

Attendees can also learn about soap making over the open fire, discover fire place cooking in the log cabin and joining in the making of apple cider.

Local bands and choirs such as The Plantation Heirs will perform on the stage to entertain the crowds.

Those who demonstrate traditional crafts and would be interested in becoming vendors may download the application by visiting www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org. Deadline for vendor sign-ups, according to the website, is Oct. 11.

Admission cost, according to the website, is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult.

RV parking and camping is available.

Pioneer Park, located on Highway 14 in Loachapoka, will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All those who are interested in volunteering may contact Mary Lynn Porter at 825-6288 or Charles H. Mitchell at 887-2255.

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