Free Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 2, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville. Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.
Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM. Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.
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).
Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.
The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull Hole, Veach’s Muster Ground, Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site, and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.
Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)
Frozen T-Short Contest with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Short Contest at Junker’s Mill at 3:15. This fun and hilarious event will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing these frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first. Registration on the day of the festival at Relay for Life Food Tent – $5 Fee.
2nd place $75 $10 $10
3rd place $50 $5 $5
Music all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Natalie Stovall at 5:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music with a twist of story telling of Mel Jones and his Bag O’Bones at 12:15 PM, the bluegrass with style of Mountain Rain at 1:50 PM, Taylor Vaden & The Memphis Thunder at 4:00 PM, and the wildly popular Natalie Stovall and The Drive for some outstanding country and pop music at 5:45 PM.
All of the performances are free of charge. Those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” during the evening performance only will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.
Prior to the Festival Join us for “Color Downtown”
Color Downtown is a 1.2 mile fun run event for the whole family to enjoy! Participants will be doused with color as they make their way through the event course. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The run will be from 9 AM to 10 AM just prior to the festival. See the Color Downtown 2015 Flyer for more information.
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site.