Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val Set

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

The 32nd Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val, Sept. 15-16, will have lots of live mu­sic, along with tra­di­tional fea­tures that in­clude food, arts and crafts and a chance to look back at the past.

Two new fea­tures this year in­clude a pop-up art ex­hi­bi­tion and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. Oil paint­ings, wa­ter­col­ors, prints, pho­to­graphs and other art­work will be on dis­play to see and pur­chase from rec­og­nized artists in North­west Arkansas. The show will be in the his­toric A.R. Car­roll build­ing on High­way 45 in Cane Hill.

The other fea­ture is a pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of churches in Cane Hill by David El­lis. The pro­gram will be held 1:30 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 16, in the Cane Hill Pres­by­te­rian Church.

The Cane Hill Col­lege restora­tion is com­plete and vis­i­tors will be able to see the changes made to the his­toric school.

Cane Hill Col­lege re­opened to

the pub­lic in May 2017, fol­low­ing a 2 ½-year pro­ject to re­store and re­fur­bish the two-story brick build­ing 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.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties at the Har­vest Fes­ti­val in­clude a quilt show, trac­tor show, in­flat­a­bles for chil­dren, camel rides, chil­dren’s games and a pet­ting zoo. Area res­i­dents will be on hand to show how they make sorghum mo­lasses, lye soap and hominy.

Ad­mis­sion to the Har­vest Fes­ti­val is free. Park­ing is $3.

Tom Pen­nel, who chairs the event for Cane Hill Col­lege Com­mit­tee, said the first fes­ti­val was held in the spring in the mid-1960s and was called Pi­o­neer Days. It was rained out many years and so or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to move it to the fall and change the name to Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

“The whole deal was to raise money to keep the col­lege from fall­ing down,” Pen­nel said. “If it wasn’t for them, the col­lege would be a pile of stones.”

Some of the peo­ple from the orig­i­nal fes­ti­val are still alive and the Com­mit­tee wants to keep the Fes­ti­val go­ing in honor of those who started it, Pen­nel said. How­ever, he said more vol­un­teers are needed each year.

His­toric build­ings in Cane Hill will be open dur­ing the Fes­ti­val and the pub­lic is in­vited to go into the His­toric Cane Hill Mu­seum, A.R. Car­roll Drug­store or stroll along the walk­ing trail to learn more about the his­tory of Cane Hill.

Both days, the Fes­ti­val opens with an all-you-caneat coun­try break­fast from 7-10 a.m. for $8. Arts and crafts ven­dors will open at 9 a.m. both days and the first event will be a per­for­mance by Her­itage School at 10 a.m.

In all, 10 area groups will per­form dur­ing the two-day fes­ti­val. Groups in­clude Mor­gan Squared, The Dirt­box Wallers, Fly­ing Buz­zards and Kelly Road Band.


Vis­i­tors to the an­nual Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val can use how sorghum mo­lasses is made. In this photo from the 2017 Fes­ti­val, Earl Rowe of Lin­coln, left, and Luke Haegele of Cane Hill use a crush­ing mill pow­ered by trac­tor to get the juice from sorghum grass, grown specif­i­cally for the Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val each year.


Many beau­ti­ful quilts are on dis­play at the Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val each year. The quilts can be seen in the his­toric Cane Hill Col­lege.


Leonard Reed of Cane Hill cooks the sorghum juice to make mo­lasses at the 2017 Cane Hill Har­vest Fes­ti­val. This year’s Fes­ti­val will be held Satur­day and Sun­day.

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