Daniel Boone Family Festival, Saturday, May 4th, will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

Free Community Event! 10 a.m. –  8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, May 5th, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring local artisans,  historic reenactors, Fort Dobbs, historical tours throughout the county, food,  contests, and live music, and a kids area with free inflatables and balloon artistry, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which runs from 10 a.m – 5 p.m. The festival ends at  5 p.m. but the entertainment continues until 8:30 p.m. at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater.

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 a.m., 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 (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 p.m., takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull Hole; Veach’s Muster Ground; Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s gravesite; 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.

All tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of reenactors from Fort Dobbs in Statesville.  Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests at Junker’s Mill at 4 p.m. These fun and hilarious events will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first, and wildly gyrating to see who can keep their hoop spinning the longest. Registration on the day of the festival at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage.

Frozen T-Shirt Contest
1st place: 17 & older $100: 11-16 years old $50: 6-10 years old $25
2nd place- 17 & older $75: 11-16 years old $25: 6-10 years old $10
3rd place- 17 & older $50: 11-16 years old $10: 6-10 years old $10

Hula Hoop Contest
1st place- 17 & older $25: 11-16 years old $25: 6-10 years old $25:
2nd place- 17 & older gift card/$10: 11-16 years old gift card/$10: 6-10 years old gift card/ $10
3rd place -17 & older gift card/$10: 11-16 years old gift card/$10, 6-10 years old gift card/$10

Music and Entertainment all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater
Grab your chair and head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre for a full day of entertainment:

 

Performance Schedule

His & Hers12:30-1:45 – His and Hers; Americana, folk, and country
His & Hers is a folk/bluegrass music duo from Mocksville, NC consisting of married couple, Caleb and Sara Davis. High School sweethearts meeting at age 14, Caleb and Sara first found their love for music in church and through singing together in the choir in school. Caleb played in several bands in college, but after marriage and two beautiful children, decided that the only person he wanted to play music with anymore was his sweetheart. His & Hers has been playing as a duo since 2015. With Caleb on guitar and Sara with occasional and timely mandolin chops, they perform original songs about family, relationships, and community, along with timeless traditionals and surprising covers that keep the crowd singing along. His & Hers released their first self titled album in 2017 and is proud to release their follow up, “Family Land” in April 2019. At their happiest, they are husband and wife, mother and father, and His & Hers.


2:15-3:45 – Flying Saucers; Songs from the ’50s and ’60s
The Flying Saucers are a Rockabilly and Oldies variety band that performing the hits from the 50’s and early 60’s. This includes genres like Rock-n-Roll, early Country, Motown, Doo-Wop, Shag, Surf and even a few retro TV theme songs.

After traveling the known Universe in search of great music, The Flying Saucers have returned to Earth to share what they have discovered – Rock-n-Roll! The greatest music in the Universe!

Influences: Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins, The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Surf Music, Motown, Doo-Wop, etc…


4:00 – Hula Hoop Contest and Frozen T-Shirt Contest ($5 fee for t-shirt contest)

Don’t miss the Frozen T-Shirt and Hula Hoop Contests at Junker’s Mill at 4 p.m. These fun and hilarious events will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first, and wildly gyrating to see who can keep their hoop spinning the longest. Registration on the day of the festival at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage.


5:00-6:30 – Jukebox Rehab; Country
Jukebox Rehab is a country music band based out of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Formed in the fall of 2017, “JBR” has quickly made a name for themselves across North/South Carolina as well as Virginia.The group is now positioned to be an up and coming country act to watch in 2018. With a unique blend of modern country, the “Keith Whitley” era and everything in between, Jukebox Rehab delivers a perfectly simplistic live show that showcases their Nashville ready originals and exemplifies their southern grown harmonies.

During the winter of 2017, Jukebox Rehab wrapped up their debut EP with Grammy-nominated producer, Travis Wyrick, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The EP is now available on all major media platforms.

JBR opened up for Chris Lane in April 2018 and already has openers lined up for Sawyer Brown (5/12), Riley Green (6/23) and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (7/20).


By Johnny Giles - Mean Mary, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=619162317:00-8:30 – HEADLINER – Mean Mary James! Country, Folk, Americana
Known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, & intricate story songs, Mary travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues.

Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in Nashville, began life as a musical prodigy—could read music before she could read words and co-wrote songs at age five. By age seven she was proficient on the guitar, banjo, & violin, and entertained audiences across the US with her vocal and instrumental skills. Her life has been one long road show interspersed with TV, radio, and film.

To date she plays 11 instruments and is known for her alluring story songs, incredible instrumental speed, & rich voice that can travel from deep emotion to sparkling trills. She is also an award-winning book author, and the fun loving star of Nashville TV show, Never-Ending Street.


All of the performances are free of charge.  Alcoholic beverages and water can be purchased at Junker’s Mill (no coolers please). Food will be available for purchase at the food court.

Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities at the festival,  head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site, or call 336-909-2263.