Boone Family Festival Saturday

Published 5:15 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For some 13 years, Daniel Boone lived in what now is called Davie County.

As a teen-ager, his family moved here from Pennsylvania. Here, he hunted, traded and made trails – and fell in love. He married Rebecca Bryan in 1756.

Davie County was remote backcountry then, but apparently not remote enough for the wandering Boone, who often would be gone for months – even years – on hunting and exploration expeditions. Living off the land, he befriended natives and blazed trails westward that thousands would soon follow.

On Saturday, Davie County will celebrate its Boone heritage at the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Downtown Mocksville. The Davie County Historical and Genealogical Society will offer van tours to some of the county’s historic sites – some Boone related.

Re-enactors from Ft. Dobbs in Statesville are expected to be on hand, giving folks a glimpse of what people may have worn in the mid-1700s and talking to them about what life may have been like back then.

The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on the square where craft and food vendors will sell their wares, including live plants from members of the Mocksville Garden Club.

One regular vendor will not be there. Carol Head, “the jelly lady,” died last month, but her daughter plans to sell some of the canned goods that her mother had already made.

There will be a free kid’s area with plenty of activities for the younger set.

The outdoor Junker’s Mill stage will feature entertainment beginning at noon with the Davie County Community Band, a group of volunteer musicians of all ages.

The band will be followed on stage by Michael Decker, a magician who specializes in entertaining children.

At 2 p.m., the Flying Saucers hit the stage, playing Motown songs and hits from the 60s.

At 4 p.m., it’s contest time. Sign up to take a frozen t-shirt, unfold it and put it on. The winner gets a prize, as does the best wiggling in a Hula-Hoop. Entry fee is $5, and proceeds go to the Relay for Life, look for the booth on the way down Depot Street to the stage.

The Mystery Hillbillies bring their rockabilly and western swing sounds to the stage at 5 p.m.

Country singer and recording artist Tammie Davis headlines the day’s entertainment. She is scheduled to begin playing at 6:30 p.m.

There is no admission for any of the entertainment. Seating is limited, so bring a chair to enjoy a day of free music and fun. Food and beverages will be available. No coolers are allowed.

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