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 pony rides, inflatables and balloon artistry, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which runs from 10 a.m – 5 p.m. Live musical entertainment will continue until 8:30 p.m.
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.
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 AM 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 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.
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 3:30 PM. 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.
Hula Hoop Contest
1st place- $25 (17 & UP) $25 (11-16) $25 (6-10)
2nd place- gift cards, gift cards, $10
3rd place -gift cards, $10, $5
Music and Entertainment all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Tim Elliott – NC CMA Male Singer of the Year 2017
Grab your chair and head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre for a full day of entertainment:
NOON……...His & Hers ( Blue Grass)
1:50 p.m…..Brad Ratledge & The Happy Ones ( Soft Rock & Country)
3:30 p.m..…Hula Hoop and Frozen T-shirt Contest ( $5 fee for Frozen T-Shirt)
4:40 p.m..…Taylor Vaden & The Memphis Thunder ( Elvis of 60’s & 70’s)
6:45-8 p.m. HEADLINER, Tim Elliott – NC CMA Male Singer 2017 (Country)
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.
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.