It’s true: Daniel Boone liked to whistle and sing … to no one; festival Saturday

Published 2:15 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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Author Robert Morgan wrote that Daniel Boone – Davie’s famous frontiersman – sometimes whistled and sang as he ventured westward.

Although his audience was usually just birds and other animals in the wilderness, he often sang as he designed routes for others to follow.

And on Saturday, there will be plenty of music at the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville. The festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with entertainment on the outdoor stage continuing until  7:30.

It will feature area artisans,  historical tours throughout the county, food,  live music, and a kids’ area with free inflatables and balloon artistry.

Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours on Saturday will revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., and again at 2:15 p.m. Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

These tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone, and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery).;  the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

A tour departing at 11:45 a.m. also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract,  but adds tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The festival vendors will pack it up by 5 p.m., but the entertainment continues until 7:30.

• 1:30-3 p.m., His & Hers;

•3:30-5 p.m., Sweet Tea Trio; and

• 6-7:30 p.m., Neon Union.

• His & Hers, a local husband-and-wife Americana folk duo, has released three albums, including “Come On In,” which came out in September 2022. Caleb and Sara Davis have played together as His & Hers since 2013.

His & Hers has played many festivals and stages, including Merlefest, AppaloosaFest, The CBC Bluegrass Festival, The Daniel Boone Festival, The Ramkat, The Reeves Theater, The Blue Ridge Music Center Amphitheatre, The COMMA Theatre, and the Muddy Creek Music Hall.

They have shared the stage with and/or opened for many regional and national touring Americana acts including: The Steel Drivers, Scythian, 49 Winchester, Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Dom Flemmons (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Mason Via (Old Crow Medicine Show), Zoe & Cloyd, Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers, Cane Mill Road, Caroline Owens, Hank Smith & Pattie Kinlaw, Tyler Nail and many more.  His & Hers also receives regular radio play from stations in Winston-Salem, (WTOB), Greensboro,  (WUAG), and Stateville, NC (WAME).

• Sweet Tea Trio, an all-female harmony group hailing from the deep south, is bringing a new “old school country with a country rock flair” to Nashville. Kate Falcon, Victoria Camp, and Charity Bowden have opened up for legendary acts of all genres, including Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Alabama. They recently released a six-song album titled “Sugar Rush,” produced by Kid Rock.

• Neon Union, comprised of newcomers Leo Brooks and Andrew Millsaps, is a duo preparing to take country music by storm. Brooks grew up in Miami and has collaborated with artists like Pitbull, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Cee Lo Green, and John Legend. Millsaps grew up in North Carolina and has been writing songs ever since the age of 13.

Together they are bringing a new sound to country music, with 808 kick drums married to traditional country lyrics and anthemic pop melodies.

All of the performances are free.  Alcoholic beverages and water can be purchased in the concert area (no coolers). Food will be available for purchase at the food court.

The festival is sponsored by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority.

To learn more, visit or contact Community Development Coordinator Tami Langdon at or (336)-753-6705.

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