Cane Hill Fes­ti­val Fea­tures His­tory, Mu­sic, Food, Art

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

For the first time in two years, His­toric Cane Hill Col­lege will be open for those at­tend­ing the Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val on Sept. 16-17.

The com­mu­nity will cel­e­brate its 31st an­nual Fes­ti­val with live mu­sic, crafts, food and a chance to look back at the past.

Cane Hill Col­lege re­opened to the pub­lic in May fol­low­ing a 2 ½year project to re­store and re­fur­bish the two-story brick build­ing as part of a $1.4 mil­lion project by His­toric Cane Hill Inc., a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. Cane Hill Col­lege was founded by Cum­ber­land Pres­by­te­ri­ans in 1834, and was the first col­le­giate in­sti­tu­tion of learn­ing es­tab­lished in Arkansas.

It is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places. Other his­toric build­ings will be open dur­ing the Fes­ti­val and the pub­lic is in­vited to go into the His­toric Cane Hill Mu­seum, A.R. Car­roll Drug­store and Methodist Manse build­ing or stroll along the walk­ing trail to learn more about the his­tory of Cane Hill.

Along with the newly opened

Cane Hill Col­lege, this year’s Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val will have other new events: free out­door con­certs from well-known record­ing artists and a Plein Air Paint­ing Event with cash prizes.

The Fes­ti­val will fea­ture nine out­door con­certs dur­ing the two-day event. Trout Fish­ing in Amer­ica, a four-time Grammy nom­i­nee, will head­line Satur­day and per­form at 6 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 16.

Live mu­sic will be­gin at 10 a.m. Satur­day and con­tinue through 7:30 p.m. Other bands per­form­ing are Arkansauce (4-6 p.m.), Jack Wil­liams (2-4 p.m.) and East of Zion (10 a.m. to noon).

Live mu­sic be­gins around 10 a.m. Sun­day and closes with John More­land as the head­liner. More­land, a singer-song­writer from Tulsa, will take the stage from 4-5:30 p.m. Sun­day.

The Plein Air Paint­ing Event (or out­side paint­ing) of­fers a grand prize of $500 and a peo­ple’s choice award for $250. The $40 en­try fee will help sup­port the Cane Hill Mu­seum, which is or­ga­niz­ing the paint­ing con­test. Vis­i­tors to the Fes­ti­val will be able to watch the artists as they paint out­door scenes around his­toric Cane Hill.

Tra­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties and ever pop­u­lar events at the Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val will con­tinue this year.

Chil­dren will be able to en­joy a kids’ zone with an in­flat­able bounce cas­tle, camel rides and face paint­ing.

An all-you-can eat coun­try break­fast from 7 to 10 a.m. Satur­day and Sun­day will be avail­able as well as ven­dors pre­sent­ing arts and crafts and ven­dors of­fer­ing con­ces­sions. The Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee will sell Nathan All-Beef hot dogs and Moun­tain View smoked links for lunch and dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

Demon­stra­tions into yes­ter­day once again will be fea­tured and vis­i­tors can watch lo­cals mak­ing sorghum mo­lasses, lye soap and hominy plus watch oth­ers spin­ning and weav­ing.

Draw­ings for door prizes will be­gin at 3:45 p.m., and the win­ner of a hand­made quilt will be an­nounced at 5 p.m.

Judy Costello, Shiloh Mu­seum’s ed­u­ca­tion man­ager, will lead a liv­ing his­tory per­for­mance by Her­itage School youth dressed in cos­tume from the 1800s be­gin­ning at 1:45 p.m. Satur­day.

“This year’s fes­ti­val is ex­pected to be the big­gest and best one yet with nine free con­certs from pop­u­lar, big-name bands like Trout Fish­ing in Amer­ica, Arkansauce and John More­land,” said Tom Pen­nel, fes­ti­val chair­man. “The fes­ti­val is also a great chance to see the newly ren­o­vated his­toric Cane Hill Col­lege Build­ing.”

Pen­nel said he also ex­pects the paint­ing con­test will be a big at­trac­tion for artists as well as vis­i­tors.

Ad­mis­sion is free. Park­ing will be han­dled by Lin­coln FFA mem­bers and do­na­tions will be ac­cepted.

The fes­ti­val is held on the cam­pus of Cane Hill Col­lege, which is lo­cated just west of Arkansas 45 about four miles south of U.S. 62 between Prairie Grove and Lin­coln.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tom Pen­nel, fes­ti­val chair­man, at 479-435-4622 or his­toric­cane­, or go to the web­site, his­toric­cane­­hill/har­vest­fes­ti­val.

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